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Promising new studies have found that consuming Coenzyme Q10 (which will from now on be referred to as CoQ10) can slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
While conventional treatments for Parkinson’s MAY ease the symptoms of the degenerative disorder, they don’t address the underlying root cause. The disease is a process of nerve cell death. CoQ10 can stop the nerve cell death characteristics of Parkinson’s disease.
A study released on Monday, October 14th 2002 show that consumption of CoQ10 can slow the rate of deterioration. So when used in combination with other natural healing methods can be extremely effective in bringing a full recovery to the patient.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disease. It is the cumulative effect of loss of dopamine producing neurotransmitters, the result which causes tremors, stiffness of limbs, impaired balance/coordination and slowing of movement. Other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are disturbed sleep, difficulty swallowing and emotional problems.
How does CoQ10 compare to pharmaceutical drugs for Parkinson’s treatment?
While pharmaceutical drugs (for example Levodopa) can ease the symptoms, they are merely a band aid solution and don’t address the root cause which is improper nutrition and nerve cell death.
CoQ10 improves the function of mitochondria which produce energy in cells. CoQ10 is an important link in the chemical chain reaction that produces this energy. In conjunction with this effect CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant that literally mops up harmful chemicals generated when metabolizing toxic foods.
Studies show that CoQ10 levels in Parkinson’s disease patients are reduces and in turn the mitochondrial function of these patients is impaired. Therefore the only logical conclusion is to either supplement CoQ10 or eat foods that naturally contain CoQ10.
Studies done on Parkinson’s patients show that consumption of even large amount of CoQ10 is not only well tolerated but shows improvement in the cognitive impairment caused by Parkinson’s.
The studies were blind or double blind meaning that the patients were split into 4 groups each with different doses. One group with 300mg/day, the next with 600mg/day, one with 1200mg/day and the other was a placebo.
The group with the largest dose had 44% less decline in mental function, movement and ability to carry out activities of daily living. This was without the addition of other helpful vitamins and minerals! Think of the possibilities of natural health with his knowledge!
Sources Of CoQ10
Food sources of CoQ10 include liver, heart, fish, meat contain the highest sources of CoQ10. Fruits, vegetables, dairy and wholegrains also contain CoQ10 but in smaller amount. You would need to eat a lot to get the required amount.
Supplementation can be useful if you have an impaired digestion system.