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“Side Effects” You Want

Dr. Al SearsThere is one nutrient I take every day. I advise my patients – and you – to do the same thing.As a regular reader, you know I’m talking about CoQ10.This single nutrient helps treat everything from congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation to emphysema and rheumatoid arthritis.But it does so much more.CoQ10 works at the cellular level to produce energy. It also helps your body generate more energy faster.And because it works at the Cellular level, CoQ10 impacts every organ and system in your body. As a result, it doesn’t just work on one condition at a time.When you take CoQ10 your entire body starts healing itself.You get beneficial “side effects” you never see with prescription drugs. Let me give you an example.

My patient Tom P. couldn’t believe what happened after he started taking CoQ10. Here’s what he told me:

“I used to go to the dentist every six months, but after I retired, I didn’t go as often.“When I finally went back to the dentist, it had been three years.“He told me I had an abscess in my tooth and that I needed a root canal. And that it cost $800. I asked him how much to just pull the tooth, and that was only $200. But he couldn’t do that because the tooth was part of a bridge.“I left without doing anything.“Meanwhile, I’d started to take CoQ10 for my heart.“Six months later, I went to another dentist. He told me there was no sign of an abscess or infection. I had read that CoQ10 was good for gums and teeth and now I really believe it!”

Tom never expected his “heart supplement” to heal his gums. But I’m not at all surprised.Over almost 20 years of practice, I’ve seen how patients with heart disease also sUffer from gum disease and tooth problems. And on the flip side, gum disease tells me heart disease may not be far behind.

Research backs me up on this…One study showed the same bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease also damage the lining of blood vessels.1 And another found that men with severe gum disease had a 150% greater risk of heart disease. They also had twice as many fatal heart attacks as a control group.2Studies also show people with gum and tooth disease have a deficiency of CoQ10.3 But replacing depleted CoQ10 reserves can turn that around. In one double-blind trial Patients took 50 to 75 mg. per day of CoQ10. It stopped gum disease very quickly – sometimes within just a few days.4That’s exactly what Tom discovered for himself.My patients get other powerful benefits from CoQ10. Many of them tell me they have twice the energy they had before. They have more power and endurance. They feel their mood improve and are more optimistic about life.Here are just some of the other “side effects” you may notice with CoQ10:

  • Clearer, quicker thinking
  • Improved memory and learning
  • Balanced blood sugar levels
  • Sharper eyesight
  • Better lung function
  • Reduced wrinkles and less sun damage to skin

As a child, you have plenty of CoQ10. But your levels start dropping when you turn 20. By age 80, most of your CoQ10 has disappeared.As a first step, look for CoQ10 from your diet. It’s a bright red pigment. The highest concentrations are found in organ meats like beef liver. Red meat from animals like grass-fed beef, lamb, and ostrich are also good sources.But I find most people don’t eat enough of these foods. That’s why I recommend supplementing with 50 mg of CoQ10 a day, combined with 10 mg of PQQ. That’s the formula Tom took.

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2 More Ways To Treat Gum Disease

In addition to CoQ10, I also recommend that you:

1. Use CBD For Good Oral Health

A new study found using CBD resulted in 262% fewer bacteria than brushing with Colgate or Oral B. And research from the National Institutes of Health found that CBD can eradicate the two main bacteria that cause tooth decay, Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus.6There are good CBD toothpastes on the market. Or you can make your own by combining 3 tablespoons each of baking soda and coconut oil with 20 drops of high-quality CBD oil.

2. Drink a Cup of “Mary Bush” Tea.

My herbalist friend in Jamaica, Ivelyn Harris, introduced me to “Mary bush.” In the States, we know it as Vana tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum). Studies show it can reduce plaque and gingivitis when you Drink it as a tea or rinse your mouth with it.7To make balsam tea, add ½ ounce dried balsam to 3 cups of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes. Drink one cup three times a day. If you have sore gums, you should feel relief starting with the first cup.

Dr Al Sears, MD

To Your Good Health,

Dr. Al Sears

Al Sears, MD, CNS

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  2. Arbes SJ Jr., et al. “Association Between Extent of Periodontal Attachment Loss and Self-reported History of Heart Attack: An Analysis of NHANES III Data.” J. Dent. Res. 78[12]:1777-82, 1999.
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