CoQ10 Supplementation May Help People Suffering from Heart Failure
A recent study suggests that taking supplements of co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may result in a 3.7% improvement in blood flow from the heart in people with congestive heart failure (CHF). CHF is the leading cause of mortality in the US.
The researchers analyzed 13 clinical trials. In these trials, the CoQ10 supplementation periods lasted from 2 weeks to 24 weeks. Dosages ranged from 60 to 300 milligrams daily.
They found that CoQ10 supplementation resulted in improvements in the ability of the heart to pump blood. General heart health scores also showed improvement. The biggest improvements were seen in participants with less severe CHF.
The study was conducted at Tulane University and published in the January 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps produce energy in the mitochondria of human cells. It has been linked 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.