Q10 Boosts Antioxidant Status in Patients with Heart Disease
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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Coenzyme Q10 has long been regarded as a cardiovascular-friendly nutrient, helping your heart have energy and function better. In a 12-week study with patients who have artery disease it was found that 150 mg of Q10 per day significantly reduced free radical damage in their circulation. The researchers concluded that “Coenzyme Q10 supplements at a dose of 150 mg can decrease oxidative stress and increase antioxidant enzyme activity in patients with coronary artery disease.”
It is also known that Q10 provides direct antioxidant activity. Additionally, the synergistic antioxidant power of Q10 was demonstrated in this study, as Q10 was able to boost the status of important antioxidant enzyme systems. Superoxide dismutase increased by 230 percent and catalase by 78 percent compared to controls. These are important antioxidant enzyme systems vital to cellular health.
Another recent study determined if supplemental Q10 could boost the benefit of a healthy Mediterranean diet, compared to eating a fatty Western diet. Indeed, those taking Q10 and eating well had less inflammation and cellular stress than just eating well.
In the 1990s, Q10 was heralded as a star nutrient in the natural approach to anti-aging. After 20 years of science Q10 remains a stellar anti-aging nutrient.
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