Higher Levels CoQ10 and B6 Linked to Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
A recent study took a look at the relationship between coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and vitamin B6 blood levels and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). The researchers found that individuals with lower levels of these essential nutrients were at a higher risk of developing CAD.
The study included 45 participants who had been diagnosed with CAD and 87 who did not have the disease. After taking blood samples from all of the participants, the researchers determined that those with CAD had lower levels of both CoQ10 and B6. When they took into account other risk factors, vitamin B6 levels lost statistical significance, but the researchers still recommended that B6 be given to CAD patients because it may boost the performance of CoQ10.
The study was conducted by researchers from Chung Shan University in Taiwan. It was published online ahead of print in Nutrition Research on October 16, 2012.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps produces energy in the mitochondria of human cells. It has been linked with improved cognitive health and reversing the effects of aging. If you want to increase your CoQ10 intake, try adding oily fish, organ meats (such as liver, hearts, etc.), and whole grains to your diet.
B vitamins play a very important role in many essential functions in the human body including nervous system function, red blood cell formation, and hormone function. Previous studies have also found a potential link between these important vitamins and reductions in the risk of stroke, hearing loss and birth defects.
Our bodies do not naturally synthesize B vitamins. However, it is easy to increase your intake of these essential vitamins by eating more vitamin B rich foods. Some foods rich in B vitamins include broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, tuna and salmon. Many milk and flour products are also fortified with B vitamins.