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You May Need Protection From Your Cholesterol Medication

Research appearing in the Journal of Applied Physiology (August 1, 2012 113:479-486) looked at mice treated with statin (cholesterol-lowering) medication. The mice were given the cholesterol medication and examined for physical performance mitochondrial function (mitochondria are parts of the cell that produce energy–they are damaged by statin medication), and the CoQ10 content of the muscle cells. The mice developed dysfunction in the mitochondria of muscle cells, as well as developing decreased exercise tolerance. Treating the mice with CoQ10 reversed the mitochondrial dysfunction and improved exercise tolerance. The authors of the study speculate that patients can supplement with CoQ10 to offset the side-effects of cholesterol-lowering...

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One Way to Have a Healthy Vascular System

A study that was published in Nutrition (Volume 29, Issue 1 , Pages 71-75, January 2013) looked at the blood vessel health of 65 firefighters. Supplementation with aged garlic extract (300 mg/day) and  CoQ10 (30 mg/day) for a period of one year.  The authors found that the combination of the two supplements significantly improved the elasticity of the blood vessels and may be effective in preventing...

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Can CoQ10 Save Your Life?

A prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was published in the International Journal of Cardiology (May 12, 2012). Subjects of the study were 443 Swedes between the ages of 70 and 88. They were given either a placebo or a combination of selenium and CoQ10. They were examined every six months, and given echocardiograms over the five year course of the study. The group taking the supplements had a significant reduction of death from cardiovascular disease and overall better cardiac function than the placebo...

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Want to Get Asthma Under Control? Eat Your Veggies!

Carotenoids are oil-soluble plant pigments that the body can convert to vitamin A. They are responsible for the bright colors of produce. The best known carotenoid is beta-carotene. Beta carotene also has the most vitamin A activity of all of the carotenoids.  Other carotenoids include alpha carotene, lycopene, lutein, astaxanthin, beta crpytoxanthin, and zeaxanthin. A randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2012 Sep; 96(3): 534-43), looked at dietary intake in 137 adults with asthma. For two weeks the subjects were given meals that were high in antioxidants (five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit each day) or low in antioxidants (less than two servings of vegetables and one fruit each day). The subjects who consumed the low antioxidant diets were given a supplement containing a tomato extract with 45 mg of lycopene (a carotenoid). or a placebo. At the end of the two weeks, the group receiving the high-antioxidant diet had measurably better breathing capacity (as measured by forced expiratory volume and percentage predicted forced vital capacity). Those eating the diet low in antioxidants had an increase in C-reactive protein (a substance that increases with inflammation and is used as an indicator of inflammation). Lycopene supplementation in the low antioxidant group did not improve breathing or reduction in inflammation. Where the diet high in carotenoids improved function in asthmatics, supplementation with carotenoids...

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Can Diet Protect You from Glaucoma?

A study that appeared in the American Journal of Ophthalmology (Volume 154, Issue 4 , Pages 635-644, October 2012) looked at the relationship between diet and glaucoma. The cross-sectional study looked at 584 African American Women, 77 of whom were diagnosed with glaucoma in at least one eye.  Researchers found that a high intake of foods that were high in vitamins A & C, and carotenes tended to protect from the development of glaucoma. Basically this means that an increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables reduces the chance of developing...

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