CoQ10 Shown to Have Significant Heart Health Benefits
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading killers worldwide. A recent study including both European and Asian participants suggests that taking CoQ10 daily may reduce the risk of a major adverse cardiovascular event by 40%, reduce the risk of death in individuals with moderate to severe heart failure by almost half and lower incidences of hospitalization.
Participants in the study included 420 individuals with moderate to severe heart failure. Over the course of two years, half of the group took 100mg of CoQ10 daily, while the other half took a placebo.
At the conclusion of the study, 25% of the placebo group had experienced a major adverse cardiovascular event, while only 14% of the study group experienced the same. Additionally, 17% of the placebo group died, while only 9% of the supplement group died.
The researchers also noted lower levels of NT-proBNP (a heart failure biomarker) after three months of supplementation.
Researchers from the Heart Centre at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark conducted the study. It was presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2013, held the week of May 25th by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology.
CoQ10 is an enzyme present in the mitochondria of human cells. It helps produce chemical energy in these cell “power plants” and also has been shown to preserve blood levels of vitamin E and vitamin C. Previous studies have linked CoQ10 with improved cognitive health and reversing the effects of aging.
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 a high quality, high potency supplement. Be sure to choose a supplement that is made with ubiquinol rather than ubiquinone.