Lowering Blood Pressure with CoQ10

. . .  It outperforms all of the major blood pressure-lowering drugs

In a blood pressure reading like 120/80, which is not good to exceed, the first number is systolic blood pressure (SBP). It is taken when the heart contracts to pump blood out into the body. The second number is diastolic blood pressure (DBP), taken between beats when the heart relaxes.

A 2003 review in the British Medical Journal found that you can expect roughly the same results from any of the 5 major categories of blood pressure-lowering drugs: a 9-point average reduction in SBP and a 5.5-point average reduction in DBP.

But what if a drug came along that lowered SBP by an average of 16-17 points, and DBP by 8-12 points? Well, you don’t need a drug to do this. These results are typical in studies using 100-120 mg a day of CoQ10. While most of these studies were small, and a larger, multicenter study has been recommended to validate the results, they certainly are impressive.

Exactly why CoQ10 lowers blood pressure isn’t known. What we do know is that CoQ10 doesn’t act like a drug. It does its work by building health and strengthening the cardiovascular system. Because of this it takes several months to have its full effect. Pioneer CoQ10 researcher Peter Langsjoen reported that giving patients with high blood pressure 225 mg a day produced a steady increase in cardiovascular function and corresponding decrease in the need for blood pressure medications over 6 months. Most of the people he was working with had been on medications for at least 9 years, but half of them were able to discontinue up to 3 different drugs after about 4 months. (If you’re already on drugs for hypertension, be sure to work with your healthcare provider in reducing dose amount.)

I recommend CoQ10 to anyone over fifty and anyone with a chronic health condition, particularly if it’s cardiovascular-related and absolutely if taking a statin drug.

To get maximum blood pressure-lowering results, you need to combine CoQ10 with a full health-building program as outlined above and use the best CoQ10 available.

Many manufacturers make hyperbolic claims, including misleading comparisons between their CoQ10 product and an older form of CoQ10 that was 10 times less bioavailable than anything on the market today. I’ve written elsewhere about the “confusion about CoQ10,” and if you have any questions about CoQ10’s various forms, please call or write our office. Our claim is that we do everything right from start to finish, beginning with a very pure CoQ10, mixing it with the right oil for maximum absorption, micellizing it in the right way and energizing it with co-factors that help absorption into the bloodstream and into the cells and into the mitochondria in the cells to create a CoQ10 that would be very hard to equal.

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