Garlic and CoQ10 promotes flexible arteries
Firefighters have major job stress, one of the best-known factors in hardening of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis. Doctors said that earlier studies found aged garlic extract and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) improved the ability of blood vessels to dilate and contract, and that garlic may also help slow the build-up of arterial plaque in atherosclerosis.To test their theory, doctors in this study gave 65 Los Angeles County firefighters 1,200 mg of aged garlic extract plus 120 mg of CoQ10 per day, or a placebo. After one year, while the placebo group had not improved, firefighters who took garlic plus CoQ10 had significantly more flexible arteries and blood vessels that dilated more easily. Doctors said these benefits might be due to the high antioxidant activity in garlic and CoQ10, which may increase levels of antioxidant enzymes in the body, including one of the most important, superoxide dismutase.
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