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Hypertension and Coenzyme Q10


Given the side effects of certain drugs used to treat hypertension, it is natural to want to try other forms of therapy and consume low doses of prescription medication.

At the outset, I will advise you though to get the condition quickly under control before experimenting with alternative therapies.

In my search for alternate treatments for hypertension, I’ve come across quite a few possible remedies that positively affect hypertensive individuals. Of these, one is Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10.

CoQ10 is an antioxidant and an important part of our cellular makeup, found all through our bodies though the highest concentration is found in the heart. Evidence exists pointing to CoQ10 deficiency in hypertension.

This study did a meta analysis of 12 clinical trials (362 patients) and found that, “Coenzyme Q10 has the potential in hypertensive patients to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by up to 10 mm Hg without significant side effects. CoQ10 appears effective as a hypotensive agent either on its own or in combination with conventional anti-hypertensive medication.”

Based on the above research, my wife Indu has begun consuming 120mg once a day, of Coenzyme Q10, and we plan to continue this for the next 12 weeks. Her blood pressure is already being recorded twice a day, so we’ll soon know what effect it has on her hypertension.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17287847
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/1002138
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