Treatment of essential hypertension with coenzyme Q10.
This study focused on the use of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 as a possible substitute for conventional blood pressure-lowering drugs. The effect of an oral administration of coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure was examined in 109 hypertensive patients. It was found that there was a clear improvement of the health status when administering CoQ10, while simultaneously reducing the need for pharmaceutical drugs. More than half of patients were able to completely discontinue the intake of antihypertensive pharmaceutical drugs after a little more than 4 months. 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.
Langsjoen P, Langsjoen P, Willis R, Folkers K. Treatment of essential hypertension with coenzyme Q10. Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15 Suppl:S265-72.