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CoQ10 May Reduce Health Problems Associated with Obesity

According to the findings of a study published in the October 2009 issue of the journal Biochemical Pharmacology supplements of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may protect against health problems related to obesity.

CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from being damaged and destroyed, helping you to possibly avoid disease and premature aging.

For the study, researchers with Catholic University of Leuven, Holland fed mice a control diet, a high-fat diet with fructose or the same high-fat, fructose diet plus CoQ10 supplements for eight weeks.

Both groups of mice consuming the high-fat diet with fructose consumed more calories, and showed higher fat mass development, fasting blood glucose and abnormally high insulin levels.

However, the mice that consumed the high fat fructose diet plus CoQ10 supplements had lower levels of inflammatory and metabolic stress markers.

This study shows that although CoQ10 supplements cannot decrease obesity, they may be able to decrease some of the negative health effects associated with obesity.

There is obviously no alternative to maintaining a healthy weight but findings such as these are promising for people having trouble losing those extra pounds.

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 take 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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