“Cancer Patients Tend to Have Low Levels
of This Nutrient in Their Blood”
February 16th, 2014 by Holly Cornish
Cancer patients – especially those with myeloma, lymphoma, breast, prostate, lung, colon, kidney and pancreatic cancers – have alarmingly low levels of this nutrient in their blood.
Yet it’s a powerful antioxidant. It’s critical for your immune system. It can stimulate tumor regression. And it can reduce the miserable side effects of chemotherapy. There’s even more — because exciting new research is discovering additional benefits. Keep reading for the full story. . .
Dr. Fred Crane, of the University of Wisconsin, discovered this nutrient more than half a century ago, in 1957. He isolated coenzyme Q10, (called CoQ10) from beef hearts. His discovery started the ball rolling for an incredible food supplement that can benefit nearly everyone.
Coenzymes help enzymes do their job of regulating the speed and function of biochemical processes in your body. CoQ10 produces energy and suppresses free radicals.
Since the 1970s, it has been prized for its heart benefits. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and may slow the onset of dementia. In 2002, UC-San Diego researchers discovered CoQ10 could slow progress of Parkinson’s when combined with vitamin E. As Parkinson’s is related to dementia, this argues for taking CoQ10 for brain health.
But probably few people realize its tremendous benefits in fighting cancer. At the very least, CoQ10 reduces the devastating side effects of chemotherapy.
I’m pleased to help raise awareness about this simple testing solution, especially considering that…
Radically reduces chemo’s side effects
Cancer studies involving CoQ10 began in the 1960s when scientists observed that cancer patients are often deficient in CoQ10.
Dr. Karl Folkers became interested in it when his next-door neighbor with terminal metastatic lung cancer started taking CoQ10 and enjoyed a complete remission. I have no idea what inspired this person to try the supplement, which was almost unknown at the time.
But that was beginning. Now much more is known:
- Oncologists started using CoQ10 about 30 years ago when animal studies suggested it could protect from the side effects of Adriamycin cancer treatments.i
- Within a year, scientists noticed the supplement energized immune system cells that had been suppressed by cancer, restoring their ability to fight back.ii
- Japanese researchers demonstrated this finding by inducing colon cancer in rats, then treating them with CoQ10 or other immune stimulants. None of the immune stimulating treatments totally prevented colon cancer from developing. But they significantly reduced the number and metastasis of tumors. iii
- Researchers in Madras, India, sought ways to protect mitochondrial energy function in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy… They induced breast cancer in lab rats and treated them with either an “energy” vitamin supplement (CoQ10, riboflavin, and niacin) or no supplement (control group) for 28 days. iv
The CoQ10 rats showed restored enzyme function and improve energy… a benefit independent of reduced chemo side effects.
- To see if CoQ10 could actually prevent cancers from starting or proliferating, Japanese scientists induced colon cancer in rats followed by either a control diet, or a diet including low and medium doses of CoQ10 starting one day before the first dose of carcinogen and continuing for 4 weeks. v
They watched for abnormal crypts, the same things doctors look for during colonoscopy.
Remarkably, the CoQ10 animals had reductions in abnormal crypts by up to one third compared to control animals. And the abnormal crypts had significantly fewer abnormal cells within them than did those of the control group.
Finally, the CoQ10 rats had less than half the number of crypts containing abnormal mucus (another early sign of colon cancer).
- CoQ10 with tamoxifen, a chemotherapy drug, led to restored antioxidant activity and cancer inhibition. Meanwhile the control subjects getting no CoQ10 saw a precipitous drop in antioxidant activity.
- The Madras group also tested riboflavin, niacin, and CoQ10, with tamoxifen, in lab rats with breast cancer. Stunningly, the supplements restored antioxidant levels to nearly normal values. And antitumor activity was increased via an increase in tumor suppressor genes.
Some promising human studies show CoQ10
May cause cancer cells to self-destruct
After all these years, convincing results from properly conducted human trials are now emerging. For example:
- Austin biochemists gave CoQ10 and vitamin B6 to human subjects and found increased levels of immunoglobulin G (an important immune protein). They also experienced improved blood levels of the “T4 helper” cell line and the ratio of T-helper/T-suppressor cells… suggesting a major boost in immune protection from viruses and cancer cells. viii
- A Danish study showed partial remission of breast cancer among women supplemented with CoQ10 (90 mg/day), vitamins C and E plus selenium, and essential fatty acids. All patients previously had surgery, with residual tumor remaining.
The 32 women were considered high risk because tumors had spread to their lymph nodes. Despite the expected mortality of four of the patients, none of them died, there were no signs of new metastases, and all patients enjoyed improved quality of life.
Six of the women saw their tumors shrink. So researchers increased the dose of one of them to 390 mg/day. One month later she had no physical signs of tumor, and the second month her mammogram was clear.
Then they raised the dose in a second patient, and three months later she was found to be in excellent condition with no residual tumor tissue.
Scientists believe that CoQ10’s ability to protect cells from oxidation and stimulate energy production may be the mechanism behind these dramatic breast cancer remissions.xi
- In 2007, the Madras group treated 84 breast cancer patients, who either received a placebo or daily supplement of 100 mg CoQ0, 10 mg riboflavin, and 50 mg niacin. All patients received tamoxifen. All patients saw reduction of tumor markers. But the supplemented patients had substantially larger decreases in tumor markers.
- Researchers working in Rome, Italy, studied one of the most deadly and treatment-resistant cancers, malignant melanoma, comparing patients getting interferon-alpha only, or the drug plus 400 mg/day of CoQ10. The treatment followed surgical removal of the tumors. The researchers followed the patients for a full five years.
The CoQ10 group had much slower disease progression, and a significantly reduced recurrence rate.
So is CoQ10 a cancer cure?
CoQ10 is not a cancer cure all by itself. It is one of dozens of strategies I would follow to treat or prevent cancer.
But the research seems clear that it can play an important role when used as part of your overall treatment plan. You probably won’t see overnight results; like any food, it works its magic with time. If you DO instantly feel better, it probably means you were so severely deficient your health was in danger!
Since CoQ10, like many nutrients, offers such widespread benefits, why wait till you get cancer to take it in the first place?
Note: If you’re taking statins to control your cholesterol, you are well-advised to take CoQ10. Statins rob your body of CoQ10. And low levels are associated with dementia, heart failure, fatigue, muscle aches, premature aging, and DNA damage… in addition to cancer.
The most advanced form of CoQ10
CoQ10’s other name, ubiquinone, comes from the fact that it’s part of a group of substances called quinones. And it is ubiquitous.
Ubiquinone is found in all human cells, but its highest concentrations are in your most metabolically active organs – the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and immune system. This nutrient is intimately involved in every system needed to convert fuel into useful energy.
Since 2006, CoQ10 has been available in the preferred ubiquinol form.
Ubiquinol is an electron donor that can neutralize dangerous free radicals as soon as you take it. Unlike ubiquinone, ubiquinol does not require any biochemical activation once consumed.
Studies suggest that your body will absorb ubiquinol up to 8 times more effectively than it can absorb ubiquinone.xi It’s more expensive than ubiquinone, but it’s more effective AND you don’t have to take as much because it’s so potent. Click here for a safe, high-quality source of ubiquinol.
CoQ10’s safety record is unparalleled at virtually any dose. Isn’t it time to get started today?