CoQ10 Plus Selenium Supplementation May Have Long Term Cardiovascular Benefits
Selenium and CoQ10 are both necessary for optimal cell function. A recent study suggests that the cardiovascular benefits of taking selenium and coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) may continue long after people stop supplementation.
Participants in the study included 443 healthy mature adults. For four years, half of the group was given a daily supplement containing 200mg/day of CoQ10 and 200mcg of selenium, while the other half was given a placebo. There was an average follow-up period of 12 years after the end of the supplementation period.
Data was available for 181 participants at the end of the 12 year follow up period. The researchers found that cardiovascular mortality in the supplement group was 28%, compared with close to 39% in the placebo group. There was a 40% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality in the supplement group, when compared with the placebo group. Additionally, women seemed to benefit from the supplement more than men.
Researchers from Linköping University in Sweden conducted the study. It was published on April 11, 2018, in PLoS One.
Some foods rich in selenium are Brazil nuts, broccoli, mushrooms, garlic, sunflower seeds, walnuts, raisins, pork and fish.
After the age of 20 our bodies become less capable of naturally producing CoQ10. If you want to increase your CoQ10 intake, try adding oily fish, organ meats such as liver and hearts, and whole grains to your diet. You might also consider taking a high quality, high potency supplement.