Co-Q 10 is the powerful boost you’ve been looking for

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Learn what Co-Q 10 can do for you.

By Shannon Bennett and Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA

With health care costs on the rise and depression becoming more and more common, we find ourselves looking for alternative treatments for depression. A powerful powerhouse nutrient that should not be ignored is: Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10, ubiquinone, ubiquinol).

COQ10 (ubiquinone and ubiquinol) is like the battery that goes in your car. It is used by every single cell in your body to provide energy. Energy helps your cells to work, it is needed to make hormones, neurotransmitters, it is needed for your neurons to send information. In short: COQ10 is essential for every single cell in your body.

But what does this have to do with your mental health?

At the basic level, Ubiquinone is vital in the energy production powerhouse, the mitochondria. Adequate levels allow for the body’s biochemical processes to be efficiently energized.

This is why early signs of deficiency are associated with lowered energy, brain fog and muscle weakness. Do these symptoms sound familiar?

They are some of the most common symptoms in depression.

Without adequate amounts of COQ10, people commonly suffer from depression– especially depression associated with chronic fatigue syndrome and treatment resistant depression4. Ubiquinone plays a particularly vital role in heart health as well and research has revealed a particularly intimate link between one’s heart health and their emotional wellbeing. Late signs that your levels may be low include chest pain, high blood pressure, rapid aging and Alzheimer’s disease3. In fact, because of this, COQ10 is very commonly recommended for patients suffering from heart disease. COQ10 can not only provide the body with the energy it needs for proper heart function but it serves preventive treatment for return of, or worsening of symptoms.

COQ10 deficiencies are becoming increasingly common. Unfortunately, COQ10 is one of the 3 main nutrients depleted while taking pharmaceuticals, such as tricyclic antidepressants1,2. This is why people often develop side effects and often worsening of their depression and anxiety after long term antidepressant use. The conventional medical model emphasizes adding additional medications or increasing dosages but this does not get to the root of the problem.

It’s only making it worse.

In the Philosophies of Natural Therapeutics, author, Dr. Henry Lindlhar acknowledges the advantages of preventing disease, rather than waiting for the development of disease and seeking to cure it6. He also provides profound insights into how to treat disease by addressing the root cause.

So, in respect to Dr. Lindlhar’s suggestion, supplementing with nutrients known to be involved in the development of depression may be beneficial while under pharmaceutical treatment. By targeting the root cause of why you are feeling worse on your antidepressant we can help reduce and often eliminate side effects, but we can also often help relieve the depression so that you may be able to taper down and often off of your medications. Note: Medications should always be adjusted under the supervision of your prescribing physician. It can be very harmful and dangerous to make medication adjustments without expert supervision.

Another benefit of Ubiquinone (a specific form of COQ10) is that it is one of the antioxidants that is able to cross the blood brain barrier7. This barrier is what separates the blood circulating in your body from the fluid in your central nervous system. This means that ubiquinol (a form of COQ10) is able to go straight into your brain where it can directly target your mind and mood. If you recall from the previous post regarding the powerful antioxidant melatonin, you know that antioxidants play a role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. COQ10 is a powerful antioxidant and as we age Ubiquinone levels decrease, further increasing the risk of depletion– especially when paired with antidepressant use.

With Ubiquinone’s ability to reach the central nervous system, it is one of the most influential nutrients available for prevention of neurodegenerative changes in the brain.

At Natural Mental Health Supplements we understand the importance in giving the body what it needs to support optimal health. That is why we have specifically formulated Antidepressant Companion to be safely and effectively used in conjunction with pharmaceuticals, as a means to prevent the loss of the nutrients that impact your mental health.

Speak with your healthcare provider today about using Antidepressant Companion on your journey to a healthy, happy life!

References:

1) Drugs that Deplete: Coenzyme Q10. University of Maryland Medical Center Medical Reference Guide. Complementary and Alternative medicine Guide. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement-depletion-links/drugs-that-deplete-coenzyme-q10

2) Drugs that Deplete: Coenzyme Q102011). PennState Hershey. Milton S. Hersehey Medical Center. Retrieved on 4/1/15 from  http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000706

3) Signs of low COQ10: heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, macular degeneration, early and rapid aging, chronic fatigue, and cognitive problems like depression, brain fog and alzheimers disease. Mayo Clinic. Drugs and Supplements: Coenzyme Q10.  http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/coenzyme-q10/evidence/hrb-20059019

4) Low COQ10 plays a role in the cause of depression, especially depression associated with treatment resistant depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome: “The results show that lower CoQ10 plays a role in the pathophysiology of depression and in particular in TRD and CFS accompanying depression” Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2009;30(4):462-9. 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. Maes M1, Mihaylova I, Kubera M, Uytterhoeven M, Vrydags N, Bosmans E. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20010493

5) Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2013 Mar;104:105-12. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2012.12.027. Epub 2013 Jan 11. Coenzyme Q10 displays antidepressant-like activity with reduction of hippocampal oxidative/nitrosative DNA damage in chronically stressed rats. Aboul-Fotouh S1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23313551

6) Nature Cure; Philosophy and Practice Based on the Unity of Disease and Cure. Nature Cure Publishing. 1914. reprint General Books LLC, 2009, ISBN 978-1-150-08374-7

7) Yossi Gilgun-Sherki, Eldad Melamed, Daniel Offen (2000). Oxidative stress induced-neurodegenerative diseases: the need for antioxidants that penetrate the blood brain barrier. Neuropharmacology 40 (2001) 959–975. Journal of Neuro Pharmacology 2000-2001. Retrieved from: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.477.4396&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Meet the Doctor Behind Natural Mental Health Supplements

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Meet the Doctor

Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA founded Natural Mental Health Supplements because of her vision to bring natural solutions to her patients and thousands of others whom she observed surviving instead of thriving. Dr. Cain is an expert in natural and integrative treatments of psychiatric conditions, and is passionate about truly changing how mental healthcare is delivered in America

In the doctor’s words: “I formed natural mental health supplements after years in practice watching my patients take handfuls of pills every day. Some of their pills were prescription medications that they required in order to have a stable mood, and in some of the pills were a myriad of supplements that were given to them by their other healthcare practitioners. My patients came in and complained that they still had side effects, they were spending lots of money on their supplements (often times many of which were such low doses of the actual nutrient or the wrong form of the nutrient that it wasn’t actually offering them any clinical benefit), and they had trouble eating because their stomachs were full of all of pills they were taking. They were miserable and looking for an alternative. My mission in creating Natural Mental Health Supplements was to formulate supplements that were high quality, cost-efficient, and powerful. I worked to create a product that would enable my patients to take much less pills.

The solution to this was my first product called Antidepressant Companion. I began with Antidepressant Companion because the number one concern that I see clinically in practice is depression. In fact, the most common medication prescribed for mood stabilization is an antidepressant.

My passion is to help my patients feel better and there was no nutritional supplement on the market to help those taking SSRI Antidepressant drugs. There is an extraordinary amount of research discussing how nutrients impact the way that your brain and body function. I’ve spent years studying the pharmakinetics of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients as they relate to the brain and body. This in combination with my clinical experience lent to a powerful database of information and thus, Natural Mental Health Supplements was born.”

Dr. Cain specializes in the integrative treatment of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She received a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), where she also completed an accredited residency in internal medicine. She has a graduate degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSOPP) with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She studied psychobiology and psychoneuroimmunology during undergraduate training at Luther College. Dr. Cain is a medical consultant for Orb Health, and has participated on the board of Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AZNMA), she has also been on the clinical and didactic faculty at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. To read more about Dr. Cain click here.

To purchase Natural Mental Health Supplements’ first product Antidepressant Companion click here.

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