Q10 Demonstrates Powerful Protection for Your Circulatory System
Friday, June 08, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
The processes that lead to cardiovascular wear and tear and accumulation of plaque in the arteries are fairly well understood. Finding safe and effective ways to prevent such damage is on the minds of researchers across the globe. A new study shows that coenzyme Q10 can prevent and possibly help reverse many of the key factors involved with plaque formation in the arteries.
Q10 has been widely promoted for cardiovascular health for several decades, based on a variety of studies. In the new study various mechanisms of Q10 activity in the circulatory system are documented, indicating that supplemental intake of Q10, which is known to increase levels in your circulatory system, may be of extreme value to cardiovascular health.
LDL cholesterol, often termed “bad,” is vital to your health and transport of nutrition around your body. It forms plaque only if it is damaged; i.e., oxidized by free radicals or toxins. Because LDL cholesterol specializes in transporting fat-soluble nutrients, it often carries packages of tocotrienol E, carotenes, vitamin K, vitamin A, and coenzyme Q10 on board. These antioxidants can be called into action if the LDL transport vehicle encounters a hostile situation. Of course, if you are lacking intake of fat-soluble antioxidants your LDL cholesterol is readily oxidized, leading to accumulation in your arteries and increased risk for heart disease.
In the new study human endothelial cell cultures were exposed to oxidized LDL cholesterol. Q10 was shown to exert multiple benefits in this experimental situation that closely approximates what goes on in your circulation:
Q10 has long been known as a vital energy boosting nutrient for your heart. This study helps explain other important mechanisms of Q10 activity toward the goal of better cardiovascular health.
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