More than 17 million people worldwide die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) every year – outnumbering diabetes and cancer deaths. A build-up of plaque in the arteries is the number one cause of cardiovascular disease, which usually is a result of a number of bad lifestyle choices including smoking, poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle and high blood pressure.
Recent studies have shown that CVD can be reversed with some lifestyle changes and the addition of two important nutrients. The first being CoQ10 and the second being Selenium. A double-blind study was undertaken on 443 healthy participants between the ages of 70 and 88 over a period of 5 years. The first group received 200mg each of CoQ10 and Selenium daily, whereas the second group took a placebo. The results, which were published in the International Journal of Cardiology, showed that 12.6% of the placebo group died of CVD whereas the mortality rate of the second group was 5.9%. Not only did the two nutrients reduce the risk of heart disease, but also improved overall heart function as well.
Additional studies also showed similar results, whereby the supplement group spent fewer days in hospital and appeared to enjoy a better quality of life than their placebo peers.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the cell’s mitochondria thereby enabling them to process energy from food. It may even assist the body in generating new mitrochondria. Selenium is an essential mineral that acts as an enzyme co-factor and helps the body scavenge free radicals that cause inflammation and aging. These two supplements together are also known for protecting against oxidative stress and chronic disease.
CoQ10 and Selenium are available in supplement form as well as various food items. Liver, organ meats and a variety of oil fish such as sardines and mackerel contain CoQ10, whereas brewers yeast, wheat germ, liver products, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds boast the Selenium nutrient.