My dad had a series of "mild" strokes a couple of weeks ago. The cause was a small blood clot in his brain stem. The strokes left him nearly paralyzed on his right side (that's not mild in my book, but as far as strokes go, they can get worse, much worse). And just as concerning was the emotional toll they took on him. He was confused, frustrated, and scared. He couldn't talk well, so communication was very frustrating for him.
What makes strokes difficult is that you can do everything right and still have one. So it's important to make sure you take steps to minimize the damage if you do have one. And a recent study shows how to do this.
In this study, scientists took animals and pre-treated them with various nutrients and drugs. Then they mimicked the damage by inducing a stroke. This gave them an idea of which nutrients and/or drugs are protective. One nutrient stood head and shoulders above the rest in this area. That nutrient was coenzyme Q10.
No other study on any other substance done to date has ever seen the remarkable results they obtained for animals using CoQ10. The researchers demonstrated CoQ10's brain-protective effect both before and after a stroke. They've studied the effects of CoQ10 on stroke victims since 1972. And they've studied how well it works in dogs, rats, and gerbils. In all of their studies, CoQ10 was the only agent that gave complete protection. It was over two times more effective than the next best agent (naloxone). Some of the animals they treated before the stroke - and some after (within 12 hours). And CoQ10 worked in both cases, though it's more effective if you take it before and after.
Because of these great results in animals the researchers took their study a step further and looked at the results in humans. They found that the results were every bit as remarkable. It makes sense that CoQ10 would work just as well for people. CoQ10 improves the function of mitochondria, the "powerhouses" that produce energy in cells. CoQ10 is an important link in the chain of chemical reactions that produces this energy. It also is a potent antioxidant, a chemical that "mops up" potentially harmful chemicals in your body. Earlier studies showed that CoQ10 slows the functional deterioration in patients with Parkinson's disease, leaving little doubt that the compound protects brain function.
The dose you need of regular CoQ10 is 400 mg every day. If you're taking Ubiquinol CoQ10 to treat stroke, the dose is 200 mg daily. A normal dose of Ubiquinol is 50 mg daily.
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One last note of warning: Statin drugs affect your levels of CoQ10. Even brief exposure to a statin causes a marked decrease in blood levels of the nutrient. So, if you take a statin, you absolutely must replenish your CoQ10 by taking at least 100 mg daily (preferably more).
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
"We report an unexpected favorable recovery from a complicated cerebral hemorrhage that is consistent with the remarkable results obtained for animal models of stroke using coenzyme Q10." (John T.A. Ely, Ph.D.; H.Hugh Fudenberg, M.D.; Emile G. Bliznakov, M.D.; John D.Branch, D.O.).
"We conclude that CoQ10 has a protective effect on the brain from infarction and atrophy induced by ischemic injury in aged and susceptible transgenic mice." (Geng Li, Liangyu Zoub, Clifford R. Jack Jr. C, Yihong Yang D, Edward S. Yangad, Hong Kong, Department of Neurology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Harbin Medical University, 2005).