Cardiovascular disease is a top killer among adults. It is such a serious condition that we are reminded in commercials about topics ranging from breakfast foods to prescription medicines. Unfortunately we are not often reminded of Co Q10 benefits in relation to cardiovascular disease.
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Cardiovascular disease in its broadest definition refers to any disease that involves the heart and/or blood vessels. However, in its restricted sense it refers to conditions related to atherosclerosis, otherwise known as arterial disease. It is in this latter sense that we understand it for purposes of discussion on this page.
In other words, we are concerned with the damage that occurs to our blood vessels because of atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries.
So much harm is done to our heart and arteries because of this horrible condition that it is imperative to dedicate a page to it in relation to CoQ10 benefits.
By the time many heart conditions become evident it is usually the case that atherosclerosis is well advanced. Therefore it is important to do anything possible to prevent and reduce atherosclerosis damage.
This page is dedicated to CoQ10 benefits and atherosclerosis development.
Anyone who has considered atherosclerosis seriously is aware that LDL cholesterol is a prime concern. Unfortunately, most of us understand that to mean that we must keep our LDL cholesterol levels low. But this is only half the picture.
You may be surprised to learn that it is actually the…
… oxidation of LDL that is the real menace in atherosclerosis development.
What does that mean practically? It means that keeping one’s LDL levels down may not be enough. Instead…
We need to be concerned that our LDL does not oxidize.
Want proof? Listen how a number of research papers on the topic of atherosclerosis and CoQ10 benefits begin.
Oxidative modification of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) in artery walls is thought to represent an early event leading to the development of atherosclerosis.
Oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) lipid is implicated in atherogenesis.And…Intimal oxidation of LDL is considered an important early event in atherogenesis.
Many such studies begin with the well-founded belief that oxidation of LDL cholesterol is a major factor in the development of atherosclerosis. It makes sense, then, to counteract atherosclerosis development with strong antioxidants.
One of the strongest antioxidants available to counteract the development of atherosclerosis is Coenzyme Q10.
What follows are references to several studies on…
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Assuming LDL oxidation is an important problem for the development of cardiovascular disease helps us to see more clearly the significant implications of statements like…
The antioxidant or free radical quenching properties of CoQ10 serve to greatly reduce oxidative damage to tissues as well as significantly inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (much more efficiently than vitamin E).
To read a great article from which these words were taken please click here.
That is good news. It should be sufficient news to make many of us consider seriously adding COQ10 supplements to our heart health regimen.
When we read a statement like the one above we might ask ourselves the question, "What about vitamin-E?" The statement above implies that vitamin-E inhibits LDL oxidation but not as well as CoQ10. Should we continue to take vitamin-E? Should we take CoQ10 instead?
This is where the research gets a little surprising.
There is ample evidence to suggest that vitamin-E can actually cause LDL oxidation. Yes, you read that correctly.
Vitamin-E can actually cause an event that leads to coronary heart disease.
That means that many of us have been taking vitamin-E for good heart health and all the time we may have been doing ourselves harm. So we can ask the question again, "Should we stop taking vitamin-E?"
To answer that question let’s look at a couple of studies. They get a bit technical at points. But the struggle is well worth our efforts.
One such study began with the following words. Don’t worry that it is a bit dense. Read it and then we will unpack it.
Oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) may be involved in the development of atherosclerosis. It has recently been shown that alpha-tocopherol (alpha-TOH) can act either as an antioxidant or prooxidant for isolated low density lipoprotein (LDL).
In the absence of an effective co-antioxidant, alpha-TOH is a prooxidant and this activity is evidently due to reaction of the alpha-tocopheroxyl radical (alpha-TO.) with the LDL's polyunsaturated lipids.
To read the rest of the study’s abstract please use the link below:
Prevention of tocopherol-mediated peroxidation in ubiquinol-10-free human low density lipoprotein.
We don’t have to understand everything the above statement is saying. Here are the important points.
When vitamin-E functions as an antioxidant it reduces LDL oxidation and also atherosclerosis build-up. Obviously, then, when vitamin-E works as a prooxidant it has the opposite effect.
It has the potential to increase our likelihood of developing coronary heart disease.
The study went on to compare the oxidation levels of LDL in the presence of vitamin-E and other co-antioxidants. That is to say, they tested how effective vitamin-E worked as an antioxidant when other antioxidants were present.
The bottom line is, vitamin-E works as an LDL antioxidant as long as it is not left to battle alone. It needs another strong antioxidant to refresh it. To see more on this let’s look at another study.
This study is concerned more particularly with Co Q10 benefits. It begins much the same way as the previous one.
Intimal oxidation of LDL is considered an important early event in atherogenesis, and certain antioxidants are antiatherogenic. Dietary coenrichment with vitamin E (VitE) plus ubiquinone-10 (CoQ(10), which is reduced during intestinal uptake to the antioxidant ubiquinol-10, CoQ(10)H(2)) protects, whereas enrichment with VitE alone can increase oxidizability of LDL lipid against ex vivo oxidation.To read more of this study use the link below:
Dietary cosupplementation with vitamin E and coenzyme Q(10) inhibits atherosclerosis.
Here are the main points:
Vitamin-E does work as an antioxidant against LDL oxidation. But during the reaction vitamin-E changes. This change in vitamin-E structure makes it a prooxidant of LDL.
One of the many CoQ10 benefits is that it can refresh vitamin-E such that it once again functions as an antioxidant.
However, we do not want to assume that CoQ10’s main function is to refresh vitamin-E. On the contrary, CoQ10 is actually the stronger antioxidant. And there is no evidence that CoQ10 can ever become a prooxidant.
Consider this statement from the same study…
Compared with control, plasma from CoQ(10) or VitE+CoQ(10) but not VitE-supplemented animals was more resistant to ex vivo lipid peroxidation induced by peroxyl radicals.
In other words, the animals that received CoQ10 supplements or a combination of CoQ10 and vitamin-E showed reduced LDL oxidation.Those receiving only vitamin-E did not show the same resistance to LDL oxidation.
The study goes on to conclude…
Thus, in apoE-/- mice, VitE+CoQ(10) supplements are more antiatherogenic than CoQ(10) or VitE supplements alone.
That is, the mice that received both vitamin-E and CoQ10 supplements were better protected against atherosclerosis.
The combination of these studies, and many like them, demonstrate the following points:
Think about your heart health for a moment. We know that high LDL levels promote atherosclerosis and therefore coronary heart disease.
We now know that LDL oxidation is believed to be the real menace in atherosclerosis development.
CoQ10 (often in combination with vitamin-E) has been shown to reduce LDL oxidation. The Co Q10 benefits for coronary artery disease are two-fold:
Doesn’t it make sense to seriously consider adding CoQ10 supplementation to your heart health efforts?
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