Higher CoQ10 and vitamin B6 levels may reduce chances of heart disease
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) helps create energy at the cellular level. The body can produce some CoQ10, but it needs vitamin B6 in order to do so. In this study, doctors compared 45 people with abnormal narrowing of one major heart artery to 89 healthy people. Those with heart disease had nearly half the level of circulating CoQ10 compared to healthy volunteers, and 25 percent lower levels of circulating vitamin B6.

In discussing their findings, doctors said that those who were most likely to have healthy hearts had CoQ10 levels of at least 516 nanomoles per liter of blood (nmol/L) or vitamin B6 levels of at least 59.7 nmol/L. This was not an “intervention” study, meaning doctors did not give participants any supplements to take, but instead observed the levels of CoQ10 and vitamin B6 already in the body. Doctors now suggest more study to help determine the exact benefits of giving CoQ10 and vitamin B6 supplements to those who are healthy, and those with heart disease, and to determine the most beneficial dose of these natural nutrients.

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