Coenzyme Q10 in essential hypertension
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of coenzyme Q10 on increased blood pressure levels. For this purpose, 26 patients with persistently elevated blood pressure received coenzyme Q10 supplementation (100 mg per day) over a period of ten weeks. At the end of the study, both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure values were significantly decreased. Furthermore, the tests showed that Q10 had an additional positive effect on cholesterol metabolism: (bad) LDL cholesterol was significantly lowered and HDL (good) cholesterol was significantly increased. Further details can be found in the study.
The force with which blood is pressed against blood vessel walls represents the measurable blood pressure. The level of our blood pressure is directly dependent on various factors, in particular on the pumping force of the heart, the blood volume, and the elasticity of the blood vessels. Hypertension is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. It can be caused by a too strong pumping function of the heart – which generally leads to an increased upper (systolic) blood pressure value. More frequently, the lower (diastolic) blood pressure value is elevated, a condition that is generally caused by a “spasm” (contraction) of the (smooth) muscle cells of the artery walls, causing the narrowing of the blood vessel diameter and the rise of the (diastolic) pressure. The most frequent cause of this artery spasm is a chronic deficiency of micronutrients in billions of artery wall cells. If high blood pressure conditions persist for a long time, they can lead to damage in other organs, including strokes, coronary heart disease, failure of the kidneys, eyes and other organs.
Digiesi V, Cantini F, Oradei A, Bisi G, Guarino GC, Brocchi A, Bellandi F, Mancini M, Littarru GP. Coenzyme Q10 in essential hypertension. Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15 Suppl:s257-63.