Low Levels of Ubiquinol Q10 Linked to Cardiovascular Inflammation
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Ubiquinol Q10 continues to show why it is one of the best cardiovascular support nutrients available. Not only is it lacking in individuals with problematic cardiovascular function, it also directly reduces inflammation by modifying inflammatory gene signals.
Q10 is essential for energy production. It is also an important antioxidant nutrient. Your heart and cardiovascular system have very high energy requirements and thus a high need for Q10.
A study of 77 patients with coronary artery disease compared them to 44 healthy individuals. Researchers found that those with coronary artery disease had reduced amounts of ubiquinol Q10, which went along with increased amounts of free radical damage.
The researchers noted that the depletion of ubiquinol Q10 is a marker as to when LDL cholesterol is damaged, which then leads to plaque accumulation in the arteries. The plaque formation process is also characterized by inflammation that attracts immune cells to the damaged LDL particles.
Another study shows that ubiquinol Q10 can directly turn off inflammatory genes in monocytes by modifying their DNA. Typically, monocytes send out inflammatory signals once cholesterol is damaged, facilitating the process of plaque formation.
Together, these studies show the importance of not running low on ubiquinol Q10, especially if you are trying to boost cardiovascular wellness.
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