Antioxidants and heart disease

Because the heart has to work so hard, it requires an increased supply of antioxidants and energy supplies. It has been found that falling levels of CoQ10, L-carnitine, and magnesium accompany heart failure. In fact, heart muscle biopsies of cardiac disease patients have shown a CoQ10 deficiency in 50-75 percent of case, with the levels decreasing greatest with increasing severity of the heart disease. Other studies have shown this energy supply coenzyme to be deficient in numerous cardiac disorders such as mitral valve stenosis, angina, cardiomyopathy, and congenital heart defects. Supplementation with CoQ10 and L-carnitine, as well as the other B vitamins, often significantly improves heart muscle contraction and so heart function. This in turn improves the oxygen supply to the other tissues and organs.

Numerous experimental studies have shown that benefits of CoQ10 for strengthening heart muscle. A considerable number of human studies have also shown the benefit of this supplement in improving congestive heart failure. For example, in on study of twenty patients with congestive heart failure who were treated with 30 mg of CoQ10 per day, 55 percent demonstrated improvement in symptoms after two months.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that could save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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