Coenzyme Q10 and its Role in the Reducing Periodontal Disease
Dr. Jim here! Current research from the Mayo Clinic is suggesting that Conenzyme Q10 may aid in helping us battle periodontal disease. Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquenol, is a fat soluble vitamin like substancefound in nearly every cell in the human body. CoQ10 is found in many dietary substances, including organ meats like liver, spinach and sardines. It is known to neutralize damaging free radicals, and regenerates protective antioxidants, and liberates energy from food. Although we are able to produce CoQ10 on our own, our ability to do so diminishes after the age of 20 and almost completely gone by the age of 40, when we probably need it the most! In addition, other factors also deplete CoQ10 from our body, including use of the statin rugs like Lipitor, for high choleterol, unhealthy diets, stress and environmental toxins. Because of these factors, it is thought that we need to increase our dietary intake of foods containing CoQ10 and a dietary supplement. Every seen the person in Costco at the table handing out free samples of liquid CoQ10? It tastes pretty good!
The benefits of CoQ10 in periodontal disease lie in its ability to controlling inflammation. As you know, periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease where the body’s reaction to bacterial toxins in the mouth mediates an inflammatory response resulting in the destruction of gums and bone around the teeth. There are many studies done since as far back as 1980 that support the role of CoQ10. It is also known that CoQ10 promotes and maintains a healthy heart, supports the cardiovascular system, and promotes arterial and vascular health. It also may promote improved cognitive function and nervous system health.
Sounds like we should all consider adding CoQ10 to our daily diet in some form or another. As always, if you are considering adding a CoQ10 supplement to your diet, you may want to consult your physician. (My necessary disclaimer!)
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