Irish scientists: Mediterranean diet and coenzyme Q10 - a good formula for healthy ageing
It is a known fact that health problems increase, as we grow older. We also know that many elderly people fail to eat a proper diet. However, if you want to be a healthy senior, the best you can do is to stick with a Mediterranean-style diet and top it off with a daily supplement of coenzyme Q10.
In collaboration with Irish scientists
This take-home message is the conclusion of a new three-year study that was carried out in collaboration with researchers from the University College Dublin. The researchers point to this formula as being particularly useful for older people who wish to maintain their quality of life.
Vitamin-like compound with key role
A Mediterranean diet is known for its content of fish, vegetables, and healthy essential fats. As it is also an abundant source of protective antioxidants, it helps fight oxidative stress and prevents damage to healthy cells. Several food sources included in this type of diet contain coenzyme Q10, a vitamin-like nutrient that holds a key role.
Found inside all cells
Levels of this compound, which we have inside the energy-producing mitochondria (powerhouses) of our cells, drop when we grow older. The human liver synthesises coenzyme Q10, but the endogenous production peaks in our early twenties and tapers off from that point onward.
Improved quality of life
In 2013, Swedish scientists presented groundbreaking research showing that 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 taken daily (the same dosage as used in the study mentioned above) improved quality of life in healthy old men and women.
The study, which was published in the International Journal of Cardiology, made headlines worldwide.
Besides the daily 200 mg coenzyme Q10 supplement, the study participants took organic selenium yeast.
Int J Cardiol. 2013 Sep 1;167(5):1860-6