The following article was written by Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Todd Pesek, MD.
Cardiovascular health is primarily dependent upon managing inflammation. Along with omega-3 DHA and a whole food multivitamin with B-12, coenzyme Q10 and curcumin can offer additional support to help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in almost every cell membrane of your body, with the highest concentrations being in your heart, liver and kidneys. Its main job is to help mitochondria—known as the powerhouses of the cell—turn food into energy that the cell can use.
As an antioxidant, CoQ10 also protects the body’s cells by neutralizing free radical damage and reducing oxidative stress. Like rust damage to a car, when left uncontrolled, free radicals can harm the cells of your body.
CoQ10 production in the body begins to decline by age 40, and although it can be found in foods like whole grains, fish and nuts, the amount isn’t enough to sufficiently increase CoQ10 levels in the body. Therefore, I recommend supplementation.
When shopping for CoQ10 at Heinen’s, look for the form labeled “ubiquinol.” It offers greater bioavailability and absorption. The Heinen’s brand of CoQ10 is an affordable, high-quality choice!
CoQ10 is fat-soluble, which means your body will absorb it best when taken with a meal.
Curcumin is the yellow pigment found in the spice turmeric. It has traditionally been used in Asian countries as a medicinal herb due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anticancer properties.
What’s even more noteworthy is curcumin’s ability to block the action of inflammatory genes, thereby managing inflammation at the cellular level.
Curcumin is poorly absorbed on its own, but when combined with added fat and piperine (the active ingredient in black pepper), it becomes more bioavailable. The next time you sprinkle turmeric on cooked veggies, mix in some fresh-ground pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
To support healthy inflammatory balance, my advice is to supplement with 1-2 grams of bioavailable curcumin per day. Curcumin Elite by Life Extension is a good choice.
To support healthful inflammatory balance and cardiovascular wellbeing, supplementing with omega-3 DHA and a whole food multivitamin with B-12 is a good place to begin. If you’re looking to further enhance your cardiovascular health, consider adding CoQ10, and bioavailable curcumin to your daily plan.
Please check with your healthcare provider before beginning any new supplements.
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