Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

CoQ10 may reduce mortality rates by half in patients with moderate to severe heart failure.

The antioxidant energy nutrient CoQ10 may reduce mortality rates by half in patients with moderate to severe heart failure, according to the conclusions drawn following the Q-SYMBIO Study
Q-Symbio, a double blind, placebo-controlled study gave 420 European and Asian patients either 100mg of CoQ10 three times per day (202 people) or placebo (218). After two years 25% of patients in the placebo group had a major adverse cardiovascular event, compared to 14% in the study group.
Mortality and hospital stays were also lower in the study group. Over the two-year period 18 patients died in the CoQ10 group (9%) compared to 36 (17%) in the placebo group.

These results are strong enough to be guideline changing, suggesting that CoQ10, a natural substance be considered as part of the maintenance therapy for all patients with chronic heart failure.

The author of the study concluded: “CoQ10 is the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE inhibitors and beta blockers more than a decade ago and should be added to standard heart failure therapy.”

About CoEnzyme Q-10

Inside the cells are little organelles called mitochondria that produce cellular energy (ATP) from carbohydrates and fat.  Coenzyme Q-10 works inside the cell to facilitate the process that converts your foods to energy.  Coenzyme Q-10 helps you produce ATP (energy).

The process of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) production through the electron transport chain, also known as the respiratory chain, is called oxidative phosphorylation.1–4 NAD+ = nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide; NADH = reduced form of NAD+; FAD+ = flavin adenine dinucleotide; FADH = reduced form of FAD+; CoQ = coenzyme Q; Cyt c = cytochrome c; O2 = oxygen; H2O = water; ADP = adenosine 5'-diphosphate; P = phosphate; IMM = inner mitochondrial membrane.

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