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Longevity is determined by several things, including genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. A major factor affecting longevity is the development of degenerative disorders such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and liver disease.
Foods high in CoQ10 include organ meats, fatty fish, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli, oranges, strawberries, lentils, peanuts, and olive oil.
Studies 1 of supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for the prevention or management of these disorders have shown supplementation with CoQ10 or CoQ10 plus selenium reduces mortality by approximately 50% in patients with cardiovascular disease, or in the normal elderly population, respectively.
Similarly, CoQ10 supplementation improves blood sugar control and vascular problems in type II diabetes, improves renal function in patients with chronic kidney disease, and reduces liver inflammation in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The beneficial role of supplemental CoQ10 in the above disorders is considered to result from a combination of its roles in cellular energy generation, as an antioxidant and as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Coenzyme Q10 and Degenerative Disorders Affecting Longevity: An Overview David Mantle and Iain Hargreaves
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition.