What is Coenzyme Q10?
There are approximately 100 trillion cells in the human body and each must produce its own energy to carry out its functions. Biological chemical reactions which produce energy require enzymes to act as a catalyst, there are many different types of enzymes in the body which do different things. For energy to be produced in every cell of our body, the enzyme specifically required is Coenzyme Q10.
The organs within the body which have high energy requirements have greater amounts of CoQ10 than others. The heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and adrenal glands require a great deal of energy to function efficiently and Coenzyme Q10 is found to be particularly abundant in these organs. The highest concentrations are found in the heart and the liver.
Coenzyme Q10 is also a very powerful antioxidant, providing protection from oxidative damage that occurs in fat rich tissues, such as cell membranes.
How is Coenzyme Q10 beneficial to treat gum disease?
Gum disease, which starts as gingivitis, and often becomes more severe as periodontitis, is a widespread problem in western countries. As early as the 1970s researchers found that gum tissue in people with periodontal disease was deficient in Coenzyme Q10.
In clinical studies where samples of gum tissue taken from patients with diseased periodontal, or gum tissue, results found that diseased gum tissue had less Coenzyme Q10 than normal gum tissue, which showed no deficiency. Studies showed that when a CoQ10 tissue deficiency approaches 25% there is almost always gum disease present. These findings clearly suggested that Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial to properly repair gum tissue, which led to further scientific trials.
Double blind scientific experiments where undertaken to study what would happen if coenzyme Q10 were given to restore gum levels to normal. The results of these trials demonstrated that supplementation with as little as 50mg per day of Coenzyme Q10 resulted in a reduction of inflammation, with faster healing and tissue repair than in subjects given a placebo. In spite of the fact that a placebo was used, the results were so overwhelming that the researchers could accurately predict, from only the appearance of the gums, who was getting the Coenzyme Q10 and who was not.
Many dentist are now recommending 50-100 mg of CoQ10 daily in combination with other supplements to help reverse gum disease naturally.
A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.