Q10 helps fight gum infection

Q10 helps fight gum infection

Did you know that coenzyme Q10 taken as a supplement can reverse gingival bleeding and in some cases even cause loose teeth to attach themselves again in the jawbone? Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells in gum tissue. In addition, it improves micro-circulation in the gums.

Short facts about Q10

 Short facts about Q10

Q10 is a vitamin-like nutrient with a pivotal role in cellular energy metabolism. It regulates the conversion of fat, carbohydrate, and protein into a molecule called ATP, which is energy stored in its chemical form. ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate.
Our liver can produce Q10 but our body's own production of the substance decreases substantially with increasing age

Low Q10 levels may cause depression

 

Low Q10 levels may cause depressionSome people who take cholesterol-lowering statins may experience depression due to the fact that the medicine lowers levels of Q10, a substance that is vital for cellular energy production. Supplements of Q10 taken along with the medicine may prevent this side effect.

Understanding the "energy-starved" heart

Understanding the "energy-starved" heartMedical science has traditionally used the term "chronic heart failure" about patients who had poor heart function, low exercise tolerance, chest pain and shortness of breath. Now, this condition is also known as the energy-starved heart. If the heart muscle is no longer able to produce sufficient amounts of energy to carry out its basic functions, it has serious implications for patient's quality of life.

Coenzyme Q10 is the key to cellular energy production and with supplements of this extremely important substance, significant improvements can be obtained. Studies have shown that patients with severe degrees of heart failure can improve their condition amazingly just by taking coenzyme Q10 as part of their daily regimen.

Patients with hereditary hemochromatosis lack Q10

- and supplements may have therapeutic value

Patients with hereditary hemochromatosis lack Q10Hereditary hemochromatosis is a group of diseases that involve iron accumulation in the body. This leads to oxidative stress and tissue destruction which may affect the liver and other organs. According to a new Argentinian study, patients with hereditary hemochromatosis lack Q10 in their blood. Because Q10 is of vital importance to the cellular energy turnover and it also serves as a powerful antioxidant against oxidative stress, a Q10 deficiency will contribute to the disease. This, the researchers behind the new study explain, is why Q10 may represent a new and safe agent for treating the condition.

Breast cancer: More selenium in the blood improves survival

Breast cancer: More selenium in the blood improves survivalBreast cancer is the leading cancer form among women. Even though treatments have gotten a lot better the disease still has a high death toll. A Swedish-German study shows that having low levels of selenium in the blood worsens the prognosis, whereas having a higher selenium content in the blood can increase the odds of surviving breast cancer. Unfortunately, selenium deficiency is rather common in Europe. According to the scientists behind the new study, measurements of selenium status can be used to optimize blood levels of the nutrient, thereby improving treatment correspondingly.

During pregnancy, the developing fetus is entirely dependent on the mother’s selenium status

Selenium deficiency and oxidative stress damages fetal developmentThe need for the trace element selenium is increased in pregnant and breastfeeding women because it supports a host of different proteins that are particularly important for tissue growth. Also, selenium supports different antioxidants that protect the unborn baby’s organs and tissues. A new review article published in Nutrients shows that lack of selenium during pregnancy may result in oxidative stress, stunted growth, and low birth weight. This may eventually have consequences for the baby’s development, cognitive skills, and health in general. The authors also mention that an expecting mother’s alcohol abuse may have a more negative health impact if she is selenium-deficient. It is a problem that selenium deficiency is such a widespread problem in Europe and other parts of the world.

Selenium’s overlooked role in male and female fertility

Selenium’s overlooked role in male and female fertilitySelenium has an overlooked role in sperm quality and healthy pregnancies. A team of scientists from Romania has looked closer at blood levels of different selenium-containing antioxidants and found that low levels are significantly correlated with poor sperm quality. The scientists also explain that lack of selenium increases the risk of pregnancy-related complications, miscarriage, and preterm delivery. Both selenium deficiencies and infertility are common problems so selenium supplementation may be worth considering. For decades, Danish farmers have added selenium to animal fodder as a way of improving the fertility and general health of the animals.

Q10 supplements have a positive effect on diabetics’ cardiovascular system

Q10 supplements have a positive effect on diabetics’ cardiovascular systemDiabetes damages the circulatory system in a number of ways that are linked to impaired quality of life and early death. A meta-analysis shows that if type 2 diabetics take supplements of Q10 it lowers their risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Another positive effect of Q10 is that it serves as a unique antioxidant that counteracts oxidative stress, which is a major cause of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular damage. One of the problems of using cholesterol-lowering statins is that it inhibits the body’s endogenous Q10 synthesis, but this is something one can compensate for. According to Danish research, it is also a good idea to limit your carbohydrate intake and follow the new dietary guidelines that help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Lack of selenium and zinc increases your risk of COVID-19 infections, complications, and death

Lack of selenium and zinc increases your risk of COVID-19 infections, complications, and deathWhen it comes to COVID-19 and other seasonal virus infections most of the focus is concentrated on vitamin D deficiency. According to a Belgian study, however, lack of selenium and zinc additionally increases the risk of infections, complications, and death, especially among patients who already suffer from chronic diseases. The scientists conclude that supplementation with selenium and zinc may help improve treatments. Selenium and zinc deficiencies are rather common and that is a problem for public health. Even with a healthy diet, it is practically impossible for Europeans to get enough selenium because of the nutrient-depleted farmland. There are also many people with zinc deficiencies due to unhealthy diets, ageing, chronic diseases, and other contributing factors. We must be much more focused on getting enough selenium and zinc, not least for the sake of preventing virus infections and other problems.

Q10’s role in health and disease

Q10’s role in health and diseaseQ10 is a unique compound with a key role in cellular energy turnover. It also serves as a powerful antioxidant. The body is able to synthesize most of the Q10 that it needs but as we grow older, our endogenous synthesis decreases, making us vulnerable in different ways. Cholesterol-lowering medicine and certain types of disease are also associated with lower levels of Q10 in the body. In a new review article, a group of scientists have scrutinized hundreds of Q10 studies that have been published in the years 2010-2020. They are able to conclude that Q10 is of particular importance to the heart, circulatory system, fertility, muscles, eyes and vision, and the ageing process. Things like migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease are also addressed. The body has difficulty with absorbing Q10 from food and supplements so it is recommendable to always choose a pharmaceutical-grade Q10 preparation with documented bioavailability.

Selenium deficiency in connection with diet, serious illness, and pregnancy increases your risk of autoimmune diseases, slow recovery, life-threatening complications, and miscarriage

Selenium deficiency in connection with diet, serious illness, and pregnancy increases your risk of autoimmune diseases, slow recovery, life-threatening complications, and miscarriageSelenium is a trace element with a number of essential functions. An estimated one billion people worldwide get too little dietary selenium. The problem is mainly a result of nutrient-depleted farmland. Moreover, blood levels of selenium drop drastically in connection with COVID-19 infections, serious illness, and pregnancy because the body has an increased need for the nutrient. Altogether, selenium deficiency increases the risk of complicated COVID-19 infections, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, preterm delivery, and miscarriage. Supplementation may help optimize blood levels of selenium, which can be relevant for preventing and treating a number of common diseases, according to an article that is published in International Journal of Medical Sciences.

Selenium supplements can protect against overweight and increase your lifespan

Selenium supplements can protect against overweight and increase your lifespanSelenium is involved in a number of different metabolic processes and works as an antioxidant, which protects the heart and cardiovascular system, but it is difficult to get enough of the nutrient from the diet. According to a new American mouse study, selenium supplementation can speed up the metabolic processes and protect against overweight. A Swedish study of seniors published some time ago showed that supplements of selenium and Q10 has a positive effect on quality of life and lifespan.

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