Charge your heart with this enzyme

It can help protect your heart and arteries and slash your risk of heart attack, heart failure, and even death -- and those aren't the only tricks coenzyme Q10 has up its sleeve.

If you've already suffered a heart problem -- even a deadly serious problem such as heart failure -- the benefits of CoQ10 can give your ticker the energy it needs to bounce back and speed you down the road to recovery.

Normally, I'd show you a study to back this up. But today, I don't have "a" study.

I have 13 of them!

Thirteen studies on congestive heart failure were combined for a new analysis, and the result shows that the benefits of CoQ10 improve the flow of blood to the heart by an average of 3.7 percent.

That may sound like a small improvement -- but when it comes to blood and how it flows to your heart, there's no such thing as a small improvement. Even 3.7 percent can mean the difference between normal function and the warning signs of a serious heart problem.

And the benefits of CoQ10 didn't stop there. CoQ10 supplements also improved general heart health scores -- scores that help determine overall heart risk. But it's not hard to understand why, since this enzyme literally provides the spark that powers your heart, giving it the energy it needs to keep pumping.

That's why it's great for any number of heart problems -- from congestive heart failure, as seen in the new study, to conditions ranging from angina to hypertension.

But you don't need to wait for one of those conditions to kick in to get the benefits. If you're healthy now, the benefits of  CoQ10 can help keep you that way -- with one recent study showing it can slash your risk of coronary artery disease.

That's one of the reasons I recommend CoQ10 for all my patients, and even take it myself.

And if you're on a statin drug, this isn't optional. Statins literally pull the CoQ10 right out of your body, leaving you badly deficient -- which is why anyone who takes them absolutely must take CoQ10, too.

Of course, most people don't even need statins in the first place since there are better ways to lower your cholesterol. A holistic physician can help with an all-natural approach.

And for a comprehensive natural approach to heart health and cholesterol control, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.