I hope you never find yourself or a loved one in an intensive care unit (ICU). But let’s face facts, it’s almost bound to happen sooner or later.
Those are some of life’s scariest moments. They’re awful when you’re there because a loved one is hurt. And they’re even worse when you’re the one people are visiting and praying for.
You need every edge you can get in that situation.
And that’s exactly what the latest research has revealed. A surprising edge that some lucky ICU patients got after a traumatic injury.
Researchers say this ace-in-the-hole has the potential to deliver better ICU outcomes despite people being in some of the worst situations.
Recover faster and better with CoQ10
No one ever goes into the ICU for a stubbed toe. But some cases are a whole lot worse than others. And that’s the focus of this new research.
The new study followed some of the most desperately ill patients in the most delicate situations. These were trauma patients who were doing so poorly that they were expected to go onto mechanical ventilation.
That’s terrible news for any patient. Because as any ER doc or nurse can tell you, ventilation often signals the beginning of the end. But that’s NOT what happened here in these cases.
Some of these ‘last-resort’ patients were given 400 mg per day of coenzyme Q10. And when they were later compared to a placebo group, these folks:
- spent LESS time on the ventilator
- suffered LESS damaging oxidative stress
- preserved MORE skeletal muscle mass
- maintained a BETTER fat free mass ratio
In other words, they were set up to recover faster and better than folks who didn’t get the supplement.
The likely reason it had such a positive effect, it turns out, is pretty simple. While CoQ10 doesn’t always get a ton of attention, it really should. Because the nutrient is literally used by every single cell in your body.
Top up your levels for multiple benefits
During times of trauma, CoQ10 levels often plunge. It’s a sign that the body may require MORE of the critical nutrient to overcome the damage, especially from inflammation and oxidative stress.
And in those critical moments after a trauma, most people simply don’t have enough of a reserve to call upon. A supplement could change that, as the new study shows.
But why wait for a trauma? In most cases, you won’t be in any condition to advocate for yourself. Consider taking CoQ10 now, so your body has that reserve should it ever need to call on it.
It’s not just a matter of being ready for a traumatic injury or ICU stay, either. CoQ10 is also a proven way to enhance overall cardiovascular health and potentially extend overall survival. That’s why it’s already a part of my own daily regimen.
In one study, CoQ10 with selenium cut the risk of death from heart problems by 40 percent.
Selenium is now included in most multivitamins. So if you’re taking a multi check the label… you’re likely already getting your daily intake. But that’s not the case with CoQ10. Typically, you’ll need a separate capsule.
CoQ10 supplements often cost a little more than, say, vitamin C. But given the life-extending benefits, it’s worth every penny you invest.