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What is Coenzyme Q-10?
Posted on 11/06/2012

What is Coenzyme Q-10? Does my dog need Co-Q-10 ? in young dogs, the body makes enough of it' own CoQ10 - as dogs mature there is less and less of it in the body so it is very important to support the body on a daily basis. CoQ-10 is an amazing enzyme that protect the heart, gums and lungs. We suggest small - medium  breeds start it at 3 years of age and large/giant breeds at 4 year old.

As a supplement, this almost seems to be too good to be true. Researched and trial tested to gauge the improvement of activity in immune cells, the results seem to show longer survival rates and an enhanced ability to produce antibodies and improved responses to chemotherapeutic and malarial drugs.

Co enzyme Q 10 is required for every cell that uses oxygen. Its involvement is critical in the cellular respiratory chain that supplies energy to carry out bodily functions. Listed in the 42nd edition of the Physician’s Desk Reference as a replacement therapy for a nutrient with no adverse reactions, Co-Q 10 seems to be completely safe. With no known adverse side effects in either human beings or animals, this supplement has shown to improve the quality of life of congestive heart disease. This is why dogs with heart problems need to be on supplementation. Our Heart Support Kit # contains Co-q-10 capsules as part of the program or for preventative measure Co-Q10 can be purchase separately.

A study conducted in 1985 shows that approximately 75% of cardiac patients have significantly lower than normal levels of Co-Q 10 in their heart muscle. Once dosed with Co-Q 10, many patients once confined to wheelchairs or bedridden have been able to resume many prior activities once denied them due to their deteriorated condition. In test subjects, the Co-Q 10 seems to enhance the immune system by boosting the effect of the immune cells already present. This effect was also found in subjects infected with leukemia, malaria, cancerous tumors and E Coli bacteria. As per an Air Force dental research in 1975, the use of Co-Q 10 has shown to be very successful in retarding periodontal (gum) disease with some reversals in diseased gums. A second study done in 1983 shows the same results in dogs. Dr. Wagner and Linda Arndt (the Great Dane Lady) co-researched a project in the late 80's studying Co-Q-10 in dogs and cats with great results. It has been a part of the Blackwatch Feed Program list of suggested supplements since that time. A later study indicates that using the oral form of Co-Q 10 increases both the circulating blood levels of Co-Q 10 and the subjective perceived increased level of vigor in middle-aged men. This is a brief synopsis of a conversation with E. Wagner Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and Assistant Director of a leading Midwest medical school.


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