In Chinese Medicine, one of the medical diet rules of thumb states that: “When an organ is deficient, eat that organ meat”. An interesting rule indeed, as it has been echoed by the likes of many Paleo diet enthusiasts, as well as nutritional medicine pioneers such as Westin A. Price and in Orthomolecular Medicine practitioners. However, in Orthomolecular Medicine, that recommendation would be more in the direction of the nutraceutical that most directly benefits said organ. In the case of heart pathologies, that nutraceutical would be Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone.
It should come as no surprise that the greatest concentration of CoQ10 is in heart tissue. CoQ10 is essential for the synthesis of Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP, which is the molecule that supplies energy for all our cellular biochemical reactions. When there is an insufficiency of CoQ10, our resistance to infection via the immune system function is lowered. Substances such as cholesterol lowering drugs, some High Blood pressure meds and Anti-retrovirals (used in the treatment of AIDS), induce CoQ10 deficiency. CoQ10 also acts as an antioxidant that helps to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
That brings us to the intervention. CoQ10 is very well tolerated in both low and high doses. During fatigue, above said drug prescriptions and mild heart failure, 1-200mg/day in divided doses of CoQ10 is sufficient. For more serious fatigue as well as pathologies such as Parkinson’s disease, up to 1200mg/day in divided doses has been used. Taking CoQ10 after a meal containing fat aids in its absorption.
Join us next week when we’ll talk about Kidney Stones.
Be Well and Be Zen
R.C. Atkins, 1999., Dr. Atkins Vita-nutrient Solution: Nature’s Answer to Drugs., Simon & Shuster Publishers., ISBN 0-684-81849-3.
R. Gaby., Coenzyme Q10., Nutritional Medicine (2011)., Ch. 55., ps.205-7, ISBN13: 978-0-9828850-0-0. Fritz Perlberg Publishing, Concord, NH.