Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Michigan is leading the way with some of the highest death rates due to heart disease in the United States. A recent study has shown a correlation between increased blood levels of two nutrients, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B-6, with a reduced risk of developing CAD.
Vitamin B-6 deficiency is rare, however suboptimal levels are relatively common in the U.S. population, leaving the vascular system more susceptible to injury. Having adequate stores of B-6 also prevent the development of atherosclerosis- the clogging of arteries from plaque accumulation.
Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in mitochondiral energy production. As you might remember from biology, mitochondria are the energy powerhouse of the cell. Impaired endothelial (cardiovascular cell) function is considered an early indicator of atherosclerosis. Supporting cellular metabolism and function of the endothelium can prevent CAD.
Some other important nutrients for heart heath include magnesium, essential fatty acids, potassium, vitamin E, and many others. In fact, it is a delicate balance of these and other nutrients along with physical exercise that will provide the best cardiovascular protective measures. Keep in mind that every person is different, so an individual approach developed by your naturopathic physician for your unique needs will over optimal cardioprotective effects.