Where Has CoQ10 Shown Antioxidant Benefits?

CoQ10 shows antioxidant benefits in people with poor heart circulation.

coq10 for pre diabetes diet supplement metabolic syndrome managementAtherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries, is a common finding among those with diabetes and prediabetes metabolic syndrome as is oxidative stress and inflammation. Proper diet and exercise can be helpful in countering circulation problems. Diet supplementation has also been studied to support good blood circulation. A new study, published in the journal Nutrition, evaluated the antioxidant effect of a daily co-enzyme Q10 supplement by its ability to reduce markers of oxidative stress specifically in people with poor heart circulation known as coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is what can lead to a heart attack.

They found that a daily co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) dose of 150 mg for 8 weeks was associated with significantly lower levels of several markers of oxidative stress. In addition, after 12 weeks of supplementation, the CoQ10 supplement appeared to stimulate the body’s antioxidant defenses by substantially increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes.

The researchers recruited 51 people with confirmed coronary artery disease and randomly assigned them to one of three groups for 12 weeks:
• The first group received placebo
• The second group received 60 mg CoQ10
• The third group 150 mg per day of CoQ10

Forty three people completed the trial.

Results showed that the 150 mg dose of CoQ10 produced lower levels of markers of oxidation and higher levels of antioxidant enzyme activity. A 150 mg dose of CoQ10 is quite a bit higher than is commonly used on a daily basis.  The Nutrientology Store has several excellent CoQ10 supplements.  A higher dose may be needed to produce a medicinal effect? Nutrientology generally advocates a moderate approach to diet supplementation.

CoQ10 is also known as ubiquinone because of its ubiquitous distribution throughout the human body. Although CoQ10 is naturally produced in the body it has shown benefits when taken as a supplement somewhat analogous to vitamin D in that vitamin D is also produced by the body, but has been used as a beneficial supplement as well.

CoQ10 is primarily concentrated in the “power plants” of the cell known as the mitochondria. It plays an important role in the production of energy by participating in the formation of the body’s energy compound known as adenosince triphosphate (ATP).

CoQ10 is commonly used in conjunction with the cholesterol lowering statin medications because statins can inhibit the formation of CoQ10. If you are on a statin drug you should strongly consider taking a Coq10 supplement.

Visit the NutrientologyTM Store for CoQ10 Supplements.

Go to the Science Library for more CoQ10 Research pertaining to Diabetes and Prediabetes Metabolic Syndrome.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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