Selenium and CoQ10 Extend Life
Two important facts about these important nutrients, CoQ10 and selenium, you probably didn’t know:
- Every cell in the body needs selenium to function properly.
- CoQ10 helps each cell produce energy.
In this study, 668 healthy older adults took 200 mcg of selenium plus 200 mg of CoQ10 per day, a placebo, or no treatment. Nobody knew if they were getting the nutrients or not.
Doctors divided each of the three groups into low, medium, and high-selenium based on how many micrograms of selenium per liter of blood they had at the start of the study.
In the group starting with the lowest circulating levels of selenium, those taking selenium supplements were 12 percent less likely to die from heart disease over the four-year study period compared to placebo or no treatment. In the middle-selenium group, chances were 8 percent lower in the selenium supplement group, and in the high-selenium group, chances were 4.5 percent lower for those taking selenium supplements.
Food Sources of Selenium and CoQ10
Food sources of selenium are brazil nuts, sunflower seeds or sunflower nut butter, pinto beans, and certain seafood. Coq10 is not easily found from normal diet selections. Therefore, supplementation is often recommended to boost the CoQ10 levels in the body. Consider CoQ10 if heart issues are a concern to you.
Coenzyme Q10 works hand-in-hand with selenium to further heart health.
Reference: PLoS-One; July, 2016, Published Online
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.