CoQ10 and selenium reduce hospital stays

Doctors wanted to know if nutrients could help keep older adults out of the hospital. In this study, 206 independently living older adults took 200 mg/day of CoQ10 plus 200 mcg/day of organic selenium yeast, or a placebo, for 48 months.

During a year of follow-up, doctors compared a subset of participants from the nutrient and placebo groups who were of similar age and gender, and who had similar heart health and function, which doctors determined by measuring the tension of the cardiac wall at the start of the study.

Those who had taken CoQ10 plus selenium had 1,779 total days out of the hospital compared to 1,533 for placebo, or 16 percent more hospital-free days. Also, the CoQ10-selenium group reported better physical performance and greater vitality. 

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