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|Sarah McGowan-Freije, NatureCity author & contributor|
A new study from Germany may have uncovered the mechanism behind CoQ10′s cholesterol lowering properties. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from being damaged and destroyed, helping you to possibly avoid disease and premature aging.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel and the University of Witten/Herdecke. Their findings were published in the February 2011 version of the Journal IUBMB Life.
For the study, the German researchers recruited 53 healthy men with an average age of 30 and an average BMI of 24 kg/m2. All of the participants were given daily supplements of 150mg of CoQ10 for two weeks. No control group was used.
The researchers found that the supplements increased levels of CoQ10 in the participants plasma by nearly 5 times. The researchers also observed changes in gene expression patterns involved in inflammation, cell death and cell differentiation.
Additionally, the researchers observed a 12.7% reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
CoQ10 is not only a powerful antioxidant, it has also been shown to reduce inflammation, improve blood vessel function and reduce the risk of death from heart disease, protect muscles and reduce the risk of gum disease.
CoQ10 is a nutrient that occurs naturally in your body but unfortunately, this essential nutrient decreases by nearly 60% between the ages of 20 and 80. This means many people can benefit from taking a supplement containing CoQ10. Be sure to choose a high quality supplement with the right active ingredients; look for ubiquinol on the label, which is the most effective type of CoQ10.
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