CoQ10 and Omega-3s Linked to Prostate Health
Prostate cancer often hits quickly and attacks aggressively, making it a particularly difficult form of cancer to treat. A recent study suggests that taking supplements of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or omega-3s may lower levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels by 30% and 33%, respectively.
PSA is a marker used to screen for prostate cancer. It is also used to track the disease after it has been diagnosed.
Participants in the study included 504 men who, over the course of 12 weeks, participated in one of four daily interventions:
1. 400 mg of CoQ10;
2. 4.48 g of EPA and 2.88 g of DHA;
3. 2400 mg of GLA omega-6 fatty acids;
4. A placebo.
The researchers also found that supplementation with GLA omega-6 fatty acids was associated with a 15% increase in PSA levels.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Clinical Center for Urological Disease Diagnosis and Private Clinic Specialized in Urological and Andrological Genetics in Tehran, Iran. It was published online ahead of print on November 30, 2012, in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved brain health, alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps produce energy in the mitochondria of human cells. It has been linked with improved cognitive health and reversing the effects of aging.