Multivitamin Plus CoQ10 May Boost Brain Blood Flow
A recent study suggests that both short and long term supplementation with multivitamins and minerals may boost metabolic measures and blood flow to the brain.
Participants in the study included 97 healthy women with a mean age of 33. Over the course of eight weeks they were given one of three interventions: a multivitamin/mineral that contained 100% of the 2008 EU recommended daily allowances, plus 4.5 mg of CoQ10; a multivitamin/mineral that contained 300% of the 1990 EU recommended daily allowances without the additional CoQ10; or a placebo.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted increased cerebral blood flow in the frontal cortex of the 1xRDA and CoQ10 group, but did not note similar increases in the 3xRDA group. They believe this is due to the fact that CoQ10 affects mitochondrial function and may also affect nitric oxide synthesis.
Additionally, they noted significant increases in total energy expenditure, carbohydrate oxidation, and fat oxidation in the 3xRDA group. They credited this to the higher doses of calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D in this group.
No changes in cognitive function were noted in any of the groups.
Researchers from Northumbria University in England and Bayer HealthCare conducted the study. It was published on February 11, 2016, in Nutrition & Metabolism.
Multivitamin-mineral supplements contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, manganese and copper. They may also contain iron, selenium, iodine, chromium or molybdenum. Previous studies have shown that multivitamin-mineral supplements may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and boost general physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people who routinely take multivitamins have a younger biological age.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that fuels the pumping of blood to and from the heart, and protects cells from being damaged and destroyed. 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.