Reduce Symptoms of Menopause Naturally with CoQ10
Improving levels of CoQ10 may help reduce many of the more troublesome symptoms of menopause including the prevention and treatment of migraines, which are a common issue in menopausal women. More importantly, CoQ10 may also help support cardiovascular health during and after menopause, which is significant as, coronary artery disease has been found to be a common health risk to women who have gone through menopause.
CoQ10 is an important nutrient within the body that acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells against free radical cell damage as well as helping mitochondria (the power-house of cells within the body) produce energy. In doing this, billions of cells in the body become efficient at producing energy helping you feel ‘energised’.
You will find an abundance of Co-enzyme Q10 in the hardest-working tissues of the body, including the heart, as the cells of the heart are tremendously active and a high energy supply is necessary to keep the heart working efficiently. CoQ10 therefore supports the heart’s cells energy production.
And as an antioxidant, CoQ10 helps prevent LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) from being oxidised and causing plaque build-up in the arteries whilst helping to protect the heart muscle from free radical cell damage. Healthy levels of CoQ10 is necessary to help keep the cardiovascular system healthy.
CoQ10 levels and energy start to decline by our mid-twenties, and certain drugs, such as statins which are used to lower cholesterol, can also reduce the body’s stores of CoQ10. Therefore taking a daily CoQ10 supplement, ideally after the age of 25, can help keep your cardiovascular system healthy. But always consult your doctor to check if supplements are right for you when taking prescribed medication.
CoQ10 becomes even more important during and after menopause because the unhealthy habits that began earlier in life such as smoking or high-fat diets, can take a toll. So it’s a good idea for women to look at their lifestyle prior to menopause.
Menopause is the time of every woman’s life whereby egg production from the ovaries ceases and Oestrogen levels fall. This is generally when a woman is in their 40’s but it can occur earlier or later than that.
Menopause does not cause cardiovascular disease, but cardiovascular disease can become a health risk as it commonly develops after menopause. Why? One factor may be the reduced Oestrogen levels. Oestrogen is believed to positively affect artery walls, helping to keep blood vessels flexible and enabling efficient blood flow
But it can’t all be blamed on a lack of Oestrogen. So many changes happen in the body during menopause. For instance, blood pressure rises. LDL cholesterol generally increases while HDL declines or stays the same.
This is where CoQ10 becomes extremely important to women about to, who are and who have gone through menopause. Maintaining heart health is necessary for life.
What is Menopause?
Menopause will inevitably affect every woman. It has three stages: Perimenopause, Menopause and Post-Menopause. In short, the ovaries stop producing eggs and decrease their production of oestrogen (the female sex hormone).
Stages of Menopause
Perimenopause refers to the commencing of menopause. Oestrogen levels rise and fall unpredictably and periods may also become sporadic. Women may experience hot flashes, breast tenderness, and decreased sex drive. This stage generally lasts 4-8 years and occurs in the middle to late 40s. Women may also experience mild depression, often brought on in conjunction with other life changes occurring at this time.
Menopause is the 12-month’s following a woman's final period. Here, egg production has ceased and oestrogen levels decline.
Postmenopause starts 12 months after a woman's final period, usually in her late 40s-early 50s. Hot flashes and other symptoms fade away, and no blood flow from the uterus occurs. At this stage, the reduced oestrogen levels and the ceased ovarian function does pose some long-term health risks. The most significant being osteoporosis and coronary artery disease.
Coronary Artery Disease occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces the flow of blood to the heart. Managing harmful cholesterol levels is seen as a key step in combating the development of coronary artery disease.
Medication, such as statins, prescribed by doctors to treat and help prevent coronary artery disease, are given to help lower the body's manufacture of cholesterol. But statins also prevent the body's ability to produce Co-enzyme Q10, so a CoQ10 supplement may also be beneficial for those taking statin drugs.But always consult your doctor to check if supplements are right for you when taking prescribed medication.
Features and Benefits – Why Take Nutrapure CoQ10 100mg
- Energises cells to help support heart health during post-menopause
- Helps support cardiovascular health
- Helps prevent high cholesterol
- May help prevent migraines associated with Menopause
- May help improve energy and vitality
Is Nutrapure CoQ10 100mg Right for Me?
Co-Q10 is essential in every cell of the human body in order to power each cell for it to function optimally. Optimal levels result in feeling energised and vitality. As levels naturally decrease with age, it is a good idea to take a daily Co-Q10 supplement to help maintain levels within the body. Maintaining levels is an ideal way to help support the health of your heart, especially if you are a woman, and if you are a woman approaching menopause.
The decrease in oestrogen experienced during menopause could negatively impact cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is now common in women of menopausal age. Therefore, to help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease during or after menopause, a daily supplement may be beneficial to you.
CoQ10 in the press
Health Article: Daily Mail: Are migraines triggered by a lack of sunshine? Those who suffer attacks are 'often lacking vitamin D'
This article discusses causes of migraines which include a CoQ10 deficiency and that a deficiency was more commonly seen in girls and women. Reinforcing their necessity for female health.
'Migraine attacks cause dizziness, nausea and headaches - and although painkillers and other drugs can ease the symptoms, they only work for some patients.
Now a study has found a lack of vitamin D, vitamin B2 or riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) - an enzyme the body produces to help energy for cell growth and maintenance - in a high percentage of migraine sufferers.
Meanwhile, CoQ10 is an enzyme the body produces naturally in the liver and is used to turn the glucose from the food we eat into an energy-rich compound called adenosine triphosphate.
This is essential for fuelling the body's vital processes, such as breathing, muscle contraction and digestion.
Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center suggested these deficiencies may be involved in patients who experience migraines but the connection is unclear.
The study analysed the records of patients with migraines who had baseline blood levels checked for vitamin D, riboflavin, CoQ10 and folate, all of which have been implicated in causing migraines.
Lead author and headache medicine fellow Dr Suzanne Hagler said more research would be needed to establish the connection.
She found that girls and young woman were more likely than boys and young men to have CoQ10 deficiencies from the off.
Patients with chronic migraines were more likely to have CoQ10 and riboflavin deficiencies than those with episodic migraines'.
Health Article: Daily Mail: The energy-boosting supplement that could HALVE the number of deaths from heart failure
This article discusses heart health and the necessity for Co-Q10 supplementation to help improve heart health naturally.
The vitamin-like supplement coenzyme Q10 could halve death rates among people with heart failure and reduce hospital admissions.
Supplements of a popular energy-booster could halve death rates among people with heart failure, claim scientists.
It is the first drug shown to save the lives of heart failure patients in more than a decade - and it is available over the counter in health food shops.
CoQ10 - which can be taken with statins - should now be added to conventional treatment for such patients, according to Professor Svend Aage Mortensen, who led the study.
Professor Mortensen said: ‘CoQ10 is the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE inhibitors and beta blockers more than a decade ago and should be added to standard heart failure therapy.
‘Other heart failure medications block rather than enhance cellular processes and may have side effects.
'Supplementation with CoQ10, which is a natural and safe substance, corrects a deficiency in the body and blocks the vicious metabolic cycle in chronic heart failure.’
More than 900,000 Britons live with heart failure, which occurs when damage to the heart leaves it too weak to pump blood efficiently round the body. Around 100,000 a year are thought to die from it.
Heart failure causes symptoms of fatigue, breathlessness, increased heart rate and swollen ankles, and it can lead to serious complications.
CoQ10 is a substance similar to a vitamin which is made by the body and found in every cell, where it is used to produce energy.
However, CoQ10 levels are decreased in the heart muscle of patients with heart failure, who are often taking statin drugs that in turn deplete the body’s supplies still further.
Previous research has shown CoQ10 improves symptoms, functional capacity and quality of life in patients with heart failure with no side effects.
But until now, no trials have been big enough to prove that supplements increase survival.
The latest study from researchers at the University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen randomly allocated 420 patients with severe heart failure from a number of countries to CoQ10 or placebo - a dummy drug - and followed them for 2 years.
CoQ10 halved the risk of patients suffering death or serious deterioration of symptoms, including hospitalisation.
Altogether 29 (14 per cent) patients in the CoQ10 group had such an event compared with 55 (25 per cent) patients in the placebo group. CoQ10 also halved the risk of dying from all causes, which occurred in 18 (9 per cent) patients in the CoQ10 group compared to 36 (17 per cent) patients in the placebo group.
The substance is essential to survival and as well as being important for energy production in cells, it also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.
CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, with higher levels in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts, but levels obtained through diet are insufficient to impact on heart failure.
CoQ10 is available over the counter as a food supplement and many doctors advise patients on statins to take it as well in order to offset the cell energy-depletion caused by statins.
But Professor Mortensen cautioned: ‘Food supplements can influence the effect of other medications including anticoagulants and patients should seek advice from their doctor before taking them.’
He added: ‘We have no controlled trials demonstrating that statin therapy plus CoQ10 improves mortality more than statins alone.’ Nevertheless, he supported the use of CoQ10 by heart patients on statins because of their effect on supplies of the naturally-occurring nutrient'.
The Science behind Co-enzyme Q10
Published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology 2014, Mortensen et al conducted a study titled ‘The effect of coenzyme Q10 on morbidity and mortality in chronic heart failure: results from Q-SYMBIO: a randomized double-blind trial’.
Researchers aimed to determine if supplementation of CoQ10 helped treat chronic heart failure. They provided background to co-enzyme Q10 stating it is ‘an essential cofactor for energy production and is also a powerful antioxidant. A low level of myocardial CoQ10 is related to the severity of Heart Failure.
420 Patients with moderate to severe Heart Failure were randomly assigned in a 2-year prospective trial to either CoQ10 100 mg 3 times daily or placebo, alongside standard therapy.
14% of patients in the CoQ10 group had suffered severe heart failure compared with 25% of patients in the placebo group. CoQ10 also halved the risk of dying from all causes, which occurred in 9% of patients in the CoQ10 group compared to 17% patients in the placebo group.
Mortensen concluded that long-term CoQ10 treatment of patients with chronic Heart Failure is safe, improves symptoms, and reduces major adverse cardiovascular events.
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