According to recent research published by Nutrition Research, Taiwanese scientists and researchers conducted a case-control study with 45 people who have coronary artery disease (CAD) and 87 healthy individuals. The study measured the blood level of both Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 (pyridoxal 5’ – phosphate) level in all study patients and fount CAD patients to have a significantly lower level of both nutrients when compared to the control group. The researchers of this study concluded that an increased blood level of Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 could be associated with reduced risk of coronary artery diseases.
Coenzyme Q10 is a compound found naturally in every cell of the body and serves as a vital nutrient for mitochondria, the energy-producing center of the cells. Coenzyme Q10 boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals, damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including cigarette smoking and air pollutions) can also increase the number of these damaging particles. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health issues, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants such as Coenzyme Q10 can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Vitamin B6, otherwise known as pyridoxine, is one of the 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food into glucose, which is then used by the body to produce energy. They also help the body metabolize fats and proteins. Like all other B vitamins, vitamin B6 is water-soluble; therefore they cannot be stored in the body. Vitamin B6 performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions, mostly concerned with protein metabolism. It would be difficult to find a chemical category of molecules in the body that do not depend in some way on vitamin B6 for their production. Many of the building blocks of protein and DNA require adequate supplies of B6 for synthesis.
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