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CoQ10 May Reduce Inflammation in Individuals with CAD

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 13 million people have a history of coronary artery disease (CAD). New research shows, however, that supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) could lower markers of inflammation in individuals with CAD.

CoQ10 is a coenzyme with powerful antioxidant properties that protects cells from being damaged and destroyed. Cells also use it to produce energy needed for cell growth and maintenance.

The study was conducted by researchers at the School of Nutrition at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan and was published online ahead of print on February 16, 2012, in the journal Nutrition.

Study participants included 40 individuals with diagnoses of CAD. The subjects received one of three daily interventions: 60 mg coQ10, 150 mg coQ10, or a placebo. After a period of 12 weeks, both CoQ10 groups showed higher plasma levels of the nutrient.

Additionally, the 150 mg group showed significantly reduced levels of the inflammatory markers interleukin-6 and malondialdehyde. Both the 60 mg and the 150 mg group also showed greater levels of superoxide dismustase activity. Superoxide dismustase is an enzyme that repairs cells and reduces damage done to them by superoxide, the most common free radical in the body.

The researchers concluded that the antioxidant properties of CoQ10 reduce inflammation in individuals with CAD, especially at a daily dose of 150 mg.

CoQ10 has been linked with numerous health benefits, including but not limited to improving blood vessel function and reducing the risk of death from heart disease, protecting muscles, reducing the risk of gum disease and lowering cholesterol.

After the age of 20 our bodies become less and less capable of naturally synthesizing this essential antioxidant. If you want to increase your CoQ10 intake, try adding oily fish, organ meats (such as liver, hearts, etc.), and whole grains. If these foods aren’t a part of your current diet, consider a high quality, high potency supplement. Be sure to choose a supplement that is made with ubiquinol rather than ubiquinone.

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