Friday, 24 July 2015

Depression & Low Co-Enzyme Q10 Levels

A study from 2009 has found that individuals with depression have lower plasma levels of a vitamin-like substance called Co-Enzyme Q10.

The study also found that the lower plasma levels of Co-Enzyme Q10 were associated with treatment resistance and chronic fatigue.

The low Co-Enzyme Q10 levels were also found to be a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in depressed patients.

Another study on CFS(Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Co-Enzyme Q10 levels unearthed similar findings, which can explain the early mortality from heart disease in these type of individuals.

Which makes low Co-Enzyme Q10 a very important pathophysiology in those who suffer from depression and chronic fatigue, if they want to prevent heart disorders.

There is now evidence from recent scientific research that major depression is accompanied by an induction of inflammatory, oxidative and nitrosative stress pathways and a lowered antioxidant status.

Co-Enzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that is involved in energy(ATP) production, which also has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to lower oxidative stress.

As someone who suffered from CFS(Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and major depression myself, i had my Co-Enzyme Q10 levels tested privately and not surprisingly they came back severely deficient(as pictured below).

Clinical improvement especially relating to energy levels and mitochondrial dysfunction can be seen, once Co-Enzyme Q10 levels are restored.  I noticed a big improvement in mood also from Ubiquinol.

The study concluded:

The results show that lower CoQ10 plays a role in the pathophysiology of depression and in particular in TRD and CFS accompanying depression. It is suggested that depressed patients may benefit from CoQ10 supplementation. 
The findings that lower CoQ10 is a risk factor to coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure (CHF) and mortality due to CHF suggest that low CoQ10 is another factor explaining the risk to cardiovascular disorder in depression. Since statins significantly lower plasma CoQ10, depressed patients and in particular those with TRD and CFS represent populations at risk to statin treatment.

Ubiquinol is the reduced form of Co-Enzyme Q10, which studies show to be about 8 times better absorbed than regular Co-Enzyme Q10 supplements.

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1.  Lower plasma Coenzyme Q10 in depression: a marker for treatment resistance and chronic fatigue in depression and a risk factor to cardiovascular disorder in that illness.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Stinging Nettle Root For Treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

There is now a growing body of scientific evidence that Stinging Nettle(Urtica Dioica) root can reduce the symptoms of BPH(Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).

A fairly recent randomized double blind study from 2013, once again confimed the benefit of nettle root for reducing symptoms in patients with BPH.

Quote from the study:

Herbal medicines such as nettle have been used in many studies to treat prostate disease, and desirable results have been achieved in this regard. In three clinical trials on BPH patients, nettle had a better impact in reducing patients’ clinical symptoms than placebo.

It's worth pointing out that its the root specifically that you want for treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and not the leaf part of the plant.

However nettle leaf is also extremely medicinal, very nutritive and a great general tonic herb with a number of benefits such as its anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine properties, supports the adrenal glands, thyroid, liver, kidneys, connective tissue and more.

The study concluded:

As a whole, nettle is recommended to be used more in treatment of BPH patients, given its beneficial effects in reducing BPH patients’ symptoms and its safety in terms of its side effects and its being better accepted on the side of patients.

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1.  The Efficacy of Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Randomized Double-Blind Study in 100 Patients