segunda-feira, 24 de abril de 2017

Combining CoQ10 and Selenium Reduces Cardiovascular Mortality

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An important study out of Sweden has surprised researchers who found that combining CoQ10 with selenium can dramatically reduce cardiovascular mortality.
This nutrient combination has also been found to improve heart function, improve quality of life, reduce the number of days a patient stays in the hospital, lower cardiovascular mortality risk by 49%, and even provide protection years after the subjects stopped taking the supplements.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death both globally and in the US. It kills more than 17 million people worldwide every year—more than all forms of cancer combined.
The exciting news is that supplementing with CoQ10 and selenium could be an important life-saving combination for protecting against cardiovascular mortality.

Slashing Cardiovascular Mortality

 

Slashing Cardiovascular Mortality

CoQ10 and selenium are both involved in the management of cellular energy. Each compound works to influence energy production and utilization of this energy by organs throughout the body. Studies now show that CoQ10 and selenium have effects that help protect against tissue-damaging oxidative stress.

Researchers from Sweden conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study that included 443 healthy adults between 70 and 88 years old. The participants received either a placebo or a combination of 200 mg a day of CoQ10 and 200 mcg a day of selenium tablets.
During an extensive follow up time of 5.2 years, 12.6% of the placebo recipients had died of cardiovascular disease, compared to only 5.9% in the supplement group, which is an impressive and significant difference.

Those taking the combination of CoQ10 and selenium also had significantly better scores on cardiac function compared to those taking the placebo, as determined by an echocardiogram. In addition, levels of a biomarker for heart failure were significantly reduced, which is a favorable finding that indicates reduced cardiovascular disease risk.

This initial study established that supplementing with these two nutrients could cut the cardiovascular death rate by more than 50%, while improving heart function and significantly reducing the risk of further cardiovascular disease in the survivors.
he goal in extending lifespan is to not just live longer, but to live better. In fact, most aging individuals will tell you that their quality of life is more important than simply extending lifespan.CoQ10 and selenium can beneficially impact both.

For this follow-up analysis from the initial Swedish study, when subjects were matched by age, gender, and baseline heart function, the difference was clear. While quality of life scores declined in all subjects (as it does in so many people as they age), the decline was significantly less sharp in the supplemented CoQ10/selenium group than in the placebo group.3

In addition, over the 4-year period, the people in the supplemented group spent 246 fewer days in the hospital than those in the placebo group. Considering the risks posed by being in the hospital—including medical errors, infections, pneumonia, and more—spending fewer days in the hospital could do more than improve quality of life; it could be a potential lifesaving benefit in and of itself.

Long-Term Benefits

A further analysis from the initial Swedish study reveals perhaps the most surprising finding from this major study which was that CoQ10 and selenium were still effective at reducing cardiovascular deaths 10 years after the start of the study. This means that CoQ10 and selenium continued to extend their life-saving benefits years after the participants stopped taking the supplements!




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