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When medical researchers performed a two-year study of people with heart failure, they found that one supplement, sold in supermarkets and health food stores, can cut your risk of death in half.
The powerful nutrient they studied was CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10), a substance made naturally in the body and which helps the mitochondria in the cells produce energy. CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant.
According to researcher Svend Aage Mortensen: “CoQ10… should be added to standard heart failure therapy. Other heart failure medications block rather than enhance cellular processes and may have side effects. Supplementation with CoQ10, which is a natural and safe substance, corrects a deficiency in the body and blocks the vicious metabolic cycle in chronic heart failure called the energy starved heart.”
If you take statin drugs, many experts believe you should definitely be taking CoQ10.
Mortensen says: “We have no controlled trials demonstrating that statin therapy plus CoQ10 improves mortality more than statins alone. But statins reduce CoQ10, and circulating CoQ10 prevents the oxidation of LDL effectively, so I think ischaemic (heart disease) patients should supplement statin therapy with CoQ10.”