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Natural Rescue Remedies for Anthrax

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like nutrient that plays one of the most fundamental roles in immunity and overall health. It is one of the top five heart medications prescribed in Japan and widely used in Europe as well.

People suffering from serious diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, routinely have below normal levels of CoQ10.

CoQ10 functions as a powerful antioxidant, much like other antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamins C and E. It has found to have beneficial effects in treating infections and against deadly bacterial infections. We believe that Co Q10 is a great Complementary therapy for bioterrorism.

CoQ10 and Infections

The process of fighting an infection requires a tremendous amount of cellular energy. This means that large amounts of ATP and CoQ10 are used up fighting against infections. Serious infections may drain energy from all of the body's cells.

CoQ10 marshals the body's immune system against infectious organisms. Several animal studies have shown the positive effect of CoQ10 in counteracting the effects of bacterial infection.

In one experiment, three groups of mice were infected with the parasite that causes malaria. All of the untreated mice died within three weeks. During the same time, even 80 percent of the mice treated with antimalarial drugs died. But when CoQ10 was combined with the antimalarial drug, only 42 percent of the mice died. Similar benefits were observed in laboratory animals infected with E. coli, Pseudomonas, and Klebsiella (one type of pneumonia) infections.

CoQ10 usually do not act directly against the germs. It does not produce more immune cells. CoQ10 provides the actibacterial effects by supercharging the immune cells, making them more efficient germ killers. (1,2)

CoQ10 was also found to be of value in the treatment of sepsis, the bacterial infection and poisoning of the blood. Sepsis is one of the deadliest bacteria infections.(3) The most common causes of septia are two bacteria, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Even with the use of powerful antibiotics, 35 percent of patients with sepsis die. When the condition degenerates into septic shock, which includes the rapid onset of heart failure, up to 80 percent die.

Researchers at the University of Michigan infected three groups of dogs with lethal doses of live E. coli bacteria. One group of dogs was not treated and kept as the control group. The other two groups received CoQ10 supplementation (20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight) ten minutes before being infected. All of the untreated dogs died. Although the dogs given CoQ10 became extremely ill from the infection, and their heart function was compromised, they survived.(4)

When you contract severe infections, it stress the immune system. Extreme fatigue (and chronic fatigue syndrome) sometimes follows infections of influenza, Epstein-Barr, and other viruses.(5) It's possible that fighting the infection wipes out the body's store of CoQ10 and other nutrients involved.

Natural Sources for CoQ10

Virtually every unprocessed food contains CoQ10 or closely related molecules, but the amounts vary greatly. The richest dietary sources of CoQ10 are organ meats, particularly heart but also liver and kidneys. Vegetables and fruits contain CoQ10, but in very small amounts.

The body can produce its own Co Q10. But this

Recommended Dosage

To maintain general health and to reduce your risk of disease, take 10 to 30 milligrams of CoQ10 daily. To enhance the absorption of Co Q10, take it with a small amount of oily or fatty food-oil and vinegar dressing on a salad, a piece of bread with butter, some peanut butter, or a regular meal.

For the treatment of cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and cancer use 200 to 400 milligrams daily (in divided doses). You should be under the care of a physician. CoQ10 will reduce the cardiotoxicity of some of the chemotherapeutic drugs used in cancer treatment.

In the treatment of HIV and full-blown AIDS infections, take 200 to 400 milligrams daily. The lower range should be sufficient for people with asymptomatic HIV infections. The higher range might benefit people with AIDS, especially if they also suffer cardiovascular complications.

For treatment of serious bacterial infections, you may need a high dose of CoQ10 such as 20 milligrams of CoQ10 per kilogram of body weight. 

Safety/Toxicity

CoQ10 is one of the safest nutrients ever discovered.

However, if you are taking ACE inhibitors, beta- blockers, or digitalis to treat a heart condition, you may be able to reduce your dose of these drugs after starting CoQ10. Do not, however, change your dose without consulting your physician.

Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as lovastatin, inhibit the body's production of CoQ10. If you are taking these drugs, you will need to increase your intake of CoQ10 supplementations.

References

1. Bliznakov, E. G., "Coenzyme Q in Experimental Infections and Neoplasia," in Biochemical and Clinical Aspects of Coenzyme Q, Folkers, K., and Yamamura, Y., eds., Elsevier Scientific Publishing, Amsterdam, 1977, 73-83.

2. Bliznakov, E. G., and Hunt, G. L., "The Miracle Nutrient: Coenzyme Q10," Bantam: New York, 1986.

3. Stone, R., "Search for Sepsis Drugs Goes on Despite Past Failure," Science, April 15, 1994; 264:365-367.

4. Lelli, J. L., et al., "Effects of Coenzyme Q10 on the Mediator Cascade of Sepsis," Circulatory Shock, 1993; 39:178-187.

5. Jenkins, R., and Mowbray, eds., Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.: West Sussex, England, 1991.

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