Coenzyme Q10 Parkinson's disease
Another notch for CQ10... See also: Coenzyme Q10
Could this be a contributing factor with Statin Drugs & Coenzyme Q10 Depletion?
A non drug approach for Parkinson's is also discussed in The Miracle Of Electromedicine post
Also note: "Very high levels of manganese intake have been found to cause Parkinson's disease in manganese miners and other industrial workers. However, case reports of manganese poisoning from oral intake are extremely rare (only one case report exists of toxicity from supplementation; others have been from well water with excess manganese)."
Last week, I wrote to you about coenzyme Q10 (coQ10), and how it helps to protect against gum disease. Today I have even more good news about this "miracle" nutrient. Recent research shows that coQ10 may also help slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurological disorder that results from a loss of specific motor-control nerve cells in the brain. The result is PD's characteristic muscle tremors, slowed movement, stiffness, and postural disturbances. But since scientists know so little about the disease's origin, treatment and prevention are extremely difficult.
But recently, researchers from medical centers around the country teamed up to identify effective therapies for treating the early signs of PD. They published the results of their study (demonstrating that coQ10 supplementation slows the progression of PD in its early stages) late last year in the Archives of Neurology.
The researchers recruited 80 patients in the early stages of PD to participate in the study. The patients were randomly assigned to one of four groups, receiving a placebo or 300 mg, 600 mg, or 1,200 mg of coQ10 per day. The patients' functional decline was monitored over the next 16 months, using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), which includes a mental score, a motor score, and a rating on activities of daily living.
All three of the coQ10 doses decreased the rate of functional decline in the Parkinson's patients. (The highest dosage produced the greatest effect.) All results were more favorable in the coQ10 groups than in the control group.
The breakthrough results of this study are another notch in coQ10's belt. So it certainly looks like this nutrient has been one of Dr. Wright's recommendation mainstays for good reason. If you want to try it yourself, coQ10 supplements are available in most health food stores and even some pharmacies.
One last thing...
Researchers are currently planning a larger clinical trial that will examine the effects of 1,200 mg/day of coQ10 (and possibly a higher dose as well) in a larger number of Parkinson's patients. Dr. Wright will keep you posted on this amazing anti-oxidant in upcoming issues of Nutrition & Healing (if you're not already a subscriber, visit www.wrightnewsletter.com to learn more about becoming one).
Yours in good health,
Nutrition & Healing
"Effects of coenzyme Q10 in early Parkinson disease: evidence of slowing of the functional decline." Arch Neurol. 2002;59(10):1541-50.
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