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Old 10-29-2012, 06:36 AM
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Default CoQ10 and Aged Garlic Extract Protects Against Progression of Coronary Atheroslerosis


Friday, October 26, 2012. The July, 2012 issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research reported the outcome of a trial of middle-aged men which found a protective effect for coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and aged garlic extract against the progression of coronary atherosclerosis and inflammation.

The study included 50 firefighters of an average age of 55 who were considered to be at intermediate risk for a coronary event. Coronary artery calcium scanning, which assesses the extent of atherosclerosis, was conducted prior to enrollment and at the end of the trial.

The current trial was limited to subjects with coronary artery calcium scores greater than 10, which indicates the presence of a mild to moderate amount of atherosclerotic plaque. Blood samples were analyzed for C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, before and after the treatment period. The participants were divided to receive a daily placebo or a capsule containing 120 milligrams CoQ10 and 1200 milligrams aged garlic extract for one year.

At the end of the trial, average coronary artery calcium progression was significantly less among those who received CoQ10 and garlic compared to the placebo group. While C-reactive protein levels increased by an average of 0.91 milligrams per liter (mg/L) among those who received the placebo, for subjects who received CoQ10 and garlic, CRP levels declined by an average of 0.12 mg/L.

Authors Irfan Zeb of the University of California, Los Angeles and his colleagues remark that aged garlic extract has been shown to help slow the progression of coronary atherosclerosis in addition to improving vascular function and oxidative biomarkers.

CoQ10 has antioxidant properties as well, and has been found to be reduced in men and women with coronary artery disease. "This is the first study to our knowledge evaluating the effect of combination of aged garlic extract and CoQ10 on coronary atherosclerosis and inflammatory biomarkers," they announce. "Participants taking aged garlic extract and CoQ10 combination were found to have significant improvements in coronary artery calcium and CRP, suggestion improvement in cardiovascular health."
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:19 PM
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Interesting study, however, can't help but wonder why such a low dose of CoQ10, 120mg, that is much too low. They should have used at least 400mg per day, then they would have seen some very good results. Also, there is no way of knowing if they used the oxidized form of CoQ10 or the much better "body ready" form.

I would have liked to have seen 400mg per day of 95% curcumin included in that study as well as 250mg of 95% resveratrol. had that been the case, the results would have been fantastic.
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I have read that K2 is also very useful for heart health.
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