You probably know of Coenzyme Q10, or Ubiquinone, as a supplement you can purchase at your local health food store. In reality, however, it is a compound that is produced by your body. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that is known to help for a number of conditions, including heart conditions, migraines, and even Parkinson’s. Recent research has also shown that it may also help to halt cancer tumor growth.
Coenzyme (Q10) is a fat-soluble compound, i.e. it is dissolved in and also stored in fat cells. The most important thing to know about CoQ10 is that it is a super-antioxidant that can help your health overall.
It is found in some foods, like meat, fish, and whole grains, but mainly it is produced inside the body. Ubiquinol production also tends to decrease with age. This is unfortunate since Coenzyme Q10 helps in the process of converting food to energy. Because it is such a high-powered antioxidant, CoQ10 plays a key role in mitochondrial integrity. Of course, it also protects against free radical damage, which can mutate DNA. For these reasons and more, CoQ10 is considered a “substance of interest” for those healing from cancer.
Coenzyme Q10 and Cancer
Although to date there has been no large clinical trial to test Ubiquinone‘s effectiveness on cancer, several dozen smaller trials as well as laboratory studies show promise.
Many studies have connected CoQ10 with significant anti-inflammatory action, slower cancer tumor growth, tumor shrinkage, and effects on VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) growth.
Here are just a few:
-A 2017 Brazilian study found that nano-encapsulated CoQ10 (together with vitamin E) helped to reduce radiation-induced inflammation by 83%.
-A report based on a small long-term clinical trial and published in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications found that CoQ10 may extend the life expectancy of cancer patients from 5 to 15 years.
-Another 2007 study with close to 100 Breast Cancer patients (who were also on Tamoxifen) found that serum cytokine (inflammation) levels reduced significantly after approximately 3 months of CoQ10 at midrange doses. The researchers state that “such a decrease in serum cytokine levels after CoQ10 supplementation (along with niacin and riboflavin) in breast cancer patients may suggest good prognosis and efficacy of the treatment, and might even offer protection from metastases and recurrence of cancer.”
When to Use a CoQ10 Supplement
Testing for CoQ10 deficiency is not common. There are some telltale signs that you need more of it for health, however. They are:
-high blood pressure
-complications related to heart disease as well as diabetes
If you are healing from Breast Cancer, CoQ10 may be a safe and very effective addition to your protocol. And for Breast Cancer Prevention, most experts recommend it as well.
Bio CoQ10– Q-Evail 100 % organic soft gel product that offers a very bioavailable ubiquinone coenzyme (CoQ10). An in-house clinical trial showed it to be up to eight times more bioavailable than crystalline CoQ10 powder.
CoQ10 is a necessary nutrient for the body. If you are over the age of 45, I recommend you add CoQ10 to the top of your list for your Healthy Breast journey!
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr V”) is the founder of Breast Cancer Conqueror.com and The 7 Essentials System®.