A recent long-term study shows that a combination of these two nutrients may help to substantially reduce your risk for heart disease…
Cardiovascular disease is one of the top causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women, and despite all of our advanced medical technology and research, it continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives every year. But new research following up on a 2003 Swedish study on heart disease provides new hope for a simple and natural solution to this deadly health problem.
You may have heard that the nutrient CoQ10 protects against heart disease, but it turns out that when combined with the trace mineral selenium, CoQ10 becomes even more powerful, not only reducing heart disease risk, but also providing ongoing protection against the disease – even after study participants were no longer taking the supplements.
In the original study (published in the Internal Journal of Cardiology), 443 healthy elderly participants, with an average age of 78 at the beginning of the study, were given either a placebo or 200mg of CoQ10 and 200mcg of selenium daily for 4 years. At the end of the double-blind study, researchers found that the placebo group had more than double the chance of dying of heart disease as those taking the supplements.
According to a summary of the study from NaturalHealth365.com,
The supplemented group also enjoyed better cardiac function, along with lower levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic protein, a biomarker of heart failure. But, researchers wondered: how long would the heart-protective benefits continue?
A study published in 2015 – eight years after participants had stopped taking the nutrients – answered that question. The team found a similarly reduced risk of death from heart disease among the original participants who had received the pair of nutrients.
In addition to lowering cardiovascular mortality risk, the combination also improved heart function, improved quality of life, and substantially reduced the number of days participants spent in the hospital.
In April of 2018, 12 years after the study concluded, the results of a final follow-up study were published, and what they found was even more inspiring…
In this most recent investigation, researchers found that – after a dozen years – the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was still lower in those who had received the supplements than in the control group.
Specifically, the team found that the risk of cardiovascular mortality was 41 percent lower among participants who had received the supplements from 2003 to 2007. Other benefits included improved cardiac function, reduced oxidative stress and decreased fibrosis (scarring) and inflammation.
As we all know, prevention is the best medicine, but whether you are currently healthy, or already experiencing some cardiovascular decline, this powerful combination of natural nutrients may help to improve your health and lengthen your life.