When Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment turned 120, she entered into a realm few others have achieved. She took daily walks when she was 115 and rode her bicycle until she was 100. She could be the longest-lived person in documented history.
According to nutritional science, we should live to the ripe old age of 125 or more. Realistically few of us are likely to share Calment’s distinction. A growing number of researchers, however, are seeking–and finding—ways to help everyday folks live to be centarians, in an active fashion.
The vitamin-like compound Coenzyme Q10, for example, has been studied for its effect on longevity. Although Coenzyme Q10 levels diminish with age, supplementing those levels may be exactly what is needed to help us through our golden years.
CoQ10 also adds more than the possibility of longevity. Thousands of studies have been done on CoQ10. Results have indicated that it helps increase energy, strengthens the heart, and may increase life span.
Coenzyme Q10 is essential for the health of our cells, tissues and organs. It has even been called the “spark of life,” because life functions depend upon the energy produced with the help of CoQ10.
CoQ10 is a vital catalyst in the creation of the energy that cells need for life. Our cells have: minute components called mitochondria, which is the, equivalent of the engine in a car. Without CoQ10 there’s no spark, no ignition, no creation of energy to get you going.
Studies on CoQ10 show that it can have an amazing effect on cardiac disease. A few years ago, Per Langosjoen, M.D., of Temple, Texas, analyzed data from 806 patients with severe heart disease, and found that Co(21U provided “significant” benefits. He stated that, “in 80% of my patients, I see a clinical improvement in four weeks, with maximal improvement in six to twelve months, when they reach a plateau.” The “Fountain of Youth” may not be just a legend after all.