CoQ10 lowers chances for heart problems
by Newsletter Editor
Coenzyme Q10 occurs naturally in the body and is a lipid-protecting antioxidant. In heart disease, many people take statin drugs to lower cholesterol levels, but statins reduce the body’s production of CoQ10. Doctors said high oxidative stress levels and chronic inflammation contribute to heart disease.
In this study, 42 people with blockage in at least half of one major artery who were taking statins for at least one month took a placebo or 300 mg of CoQ10 per day.
After 12 weeks, while there were no changes for placebo, levels of three of the most important antioxidant enzymes had increased significantly in the CoQ10 group, and two signs of inflammation had decreased. Both groups had started the study with low CoQ10 levels, and in the CoQ10 group, levels increased by a factor of five times within four weeks. There were no side effects and doctors concluded that for those with heart disease, CoQ10 is safe and may be an effective treatment for decreasing inflammation and protecting lipids when taking statins.