CoQ10 May Improve Blood Vessel Function
Poor blood vessel functioning can lead to a variety of heart health problems such as atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and hypertension. A recent study from researchers at several institutions in China shows that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may improve endothelial function.
The findings were published in the journal Atherosclerosis in the October, 2011 edition.
Endothelial function measures how well the inner lining of your blood vessels (endothelium) is working. Endothelial function is essential for dilation and constriction of your blood vessels, helping your immune system, regulating blood clotting, and controlling how much fluid moves from your blood to your tissues.
This study examined five randomized, controlled trials that compared the endothelial effects of CoQ10 to a placebo. In total, the studies included 194 participants.
The researchers discovered that CoQ10 supplementation was associated with significantly improved endothelial function when measured by flow-mediated dilatation. The researchers recommended that this enzyme be used to help people suffering from endothelial dysfunction.
CoQ10 has been linked with numerous health benefits, including but not limited to reducing inflammation, reducing the risk of death from heart disease, protecting muscles, reducing the risk of gum disease and lowering cholesterol. This is largely due to its powerful antioxidant and cell protection properties. 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.