Olive ingredients fight infection

January 12, 2007

Olive oil ingredients had a strong effect against many different bacteria including the organisms Clostridium perfringens and E. coli which sometimes cause outbreaks of food poisoning. The Olive ingredients also killed Listeria, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Yersinia, and Shigella bacteria. The bactericidal activity was due to a high content of Oleuropein, Hydroxytyrosol, and Tyrosol. The study is published in the July 2006 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Coenzyme Q10 supplements should be added to conventional treatment for cardiovascular diseases

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a requirement in the energy producing substructure within of each cell. CoQ10 is needed for the creation of energy and also to protect the cell from damage. Deficiencies of CoQ10 have been found in patients with congestive heart failure, angina pectoris, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure, and mitral valve prolapse. The clinical benefits of giving CoQ10 supplements in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases have been observed in many trials. CoQ10 may be recommended to patients with cardiovascular pathologies as an adjunct to conventional treatment. The study is published in the Russian journal Human Physiology, 2006;52(5).

Bringing Coenzyme Q10 levels back up to normal helps patients with tinnitus

Tinnitus is described as a ringing or hissing in the ear (not caused by noise). If you have it in both ears it is called tinnitus aurium. The University of California at San Francisco Audiology Clinic states that 50 million Americans have tinnitus with about 10 million (12 million according to the American Tinnitus Association) suffering badly enough to seek medical care.

In this study 20 patients with tinnitus in both ears (tinnitus aurium) had their Coenzyme Q10 levels checked and the level of tinnitus evaluated. They were supplemented with Coenzyme Q10 for 16-weeks. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation raised their blood coenzyme Q10 levels and improved tinnitus in those initially low in CoQ10. The study was performed at Charite-University Medicine in Berlin and is published in the January 2007 issue of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Duke University researchers feel CoQ10 holds great promise for protecting the brain

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center feel strongly about the promise of Coenzyme Q10 as a neuroprotectant for the brain.

Animal studies show that CoQ10 may protect against brain cell damage caused by a stroke, vascular disease, or toxicity. There are published clinical trials showing that CoQ10 may offer promise in many brain disorders. For example, a 16-month placebo controlled, pilot trial in 80 patients with Parkinson?s disease shows that CoQ10 supplementation at 1,600mg a day slows deterioration of function. Published data shows that dosages ranging from 300mg to 2,400mg of supplemental CoQ10 a day is both safe and well tolerated. The review is published in the January 2007 issue of CNS Spectrums.