CoQ10 and Pycnogenol
From Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs’s Women’s Health e-mail newsletter, July 19th, 2011. I’ve taken CoQ10 as well as pycnogenol for years, but never had heard about this symbiotic or complementary action when taken together. Apparently I need to change the timing of taking them.
“How to make CoQ10 even more heart protective
CoQ10 is one of the best nutrients you can take for your heart. It keeps your heart strong by protecting the cells’ mitochondria (the cells’ energy-producing furnace). As good as it is, though, CoQ10 still can’t reverse certain forms of heart disease all by itself. But a group of Italian researchers just found out what you can take with CoQ10 to help it lower high blood pressure.
The researchers discovered that when you take this nutrient with CoQ10, the combination strengthened the heart of 53 heart patients with mild to moderate hypertension. As you may know, hypertension is a strong predictor of heart failure. The researchers found that combining Pycnogenol® with CoQ10 increased blood volume output and improved physical fitness in these patients. The supplements also reduced their hypertension.
Pycnogenol is a patented extract made from the French maritime pine tree bark. It’s a recognized antioxidant that clinical studies say improves blood flow and reduces the stiffness in arteries that can lead to atherosclerosis. When it’s combined with CoQ10, it becomes even more effective.
In this study, the researchers gave patients either a placebo or 15 mg of Pycnogenol with 50 mg of CoQ10 all at once in the morning after eating. At the end of three months, the group taking the supplements had a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. Their physical abilities improved, as well. The supplemented patients could walk more than three times longer than the control group.
But that’s not all. The patients taking these two nutrients reported an overall improved quality of life. Their edema decreased and they needed less help and medical assistance than before.
Each of these supplements has passed stringent testing in dozens of studies for heart disease. However, this study shows that when you combine them, the effect becomes stronger — just like the heart.
My favorite CoQ10, is the highly absorbable form Ubiquinol.”