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Your Heart Depends on Selenium, CoQ10 and Vitamin K2

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • While 48% of adult Americans suffer with some form of cardiovascular disease, optimal levels of vitamin K2 MK-7 may reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Vitamin K2 also facilitates the movement of calcium from the blood vessels into the bone, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis
  • In one study the combination of selenium and CoQ10 had a positive effect on mortality over a 12-year period and longer
  • While the closely related CoQ10 and ubiquinol support mitochondrial and heart health, those over 30 have a difficult time absorbing and using CoQ10, but do better with the reduced ubiquinol in supplement form

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for many groups in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 25% of all deaths are the result of heart disease. Coronary artery disease is the most common type, and every year 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.

Risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity. The annual cost for treating cardiovascular disease has been estimated at $351.2 billion, including direct and indirect costs.

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