I always advise you to take a dietary supplement for at least two months to garner the most benefits. And there’s good reason for that…
When you take a drug, it’s like hitting a nail on the head with a hammer. Your body immediately absorbs the drug, and you get all of its effects, intended and not intended, right away.
Dietary supplements, on the other hand, are more like screwdrivers—gently and gradually moving your body back into a state of health.
We know that supplements need time to take effect because they’re actually correcting underlying problems and helping your body heal from disease—unlike drugs, which are simply masking the symptoms.
But what happens after you’ve slowly accumulated the benefits of dietary supplements?
An exciting new study shows that the healing ability of supplements may persist for many years—even after you stop taking them.
Meaning that we may have actually discovered how dietary supplements can cure disease!
CoQ10 and selenium cut cardiovascular mortality by 40 percent
Swedish researchers gathered 443 healthy men and women, with an average age of 78, and divided them into two groups. One group got a placebo, and the other group took 200 mg of CoQ10 and 200 mcg of selenium per day.1
This regimen lasted for four years, and then the researchers tracked each participant for another eight years.
At the end of the study, there were 181 participants (some died and some decided not to complete the study). The researchers found cardiovascular mortality for the supplement group was 28 percent, compared with 39 percent in the placebo group.
In other words, the group that took the CoQ10 and selenium (which have been shown in other studies to be cardioprotective) had 40 percent less risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than the placebo group.
The researchers also found that women had even less risk than men, perhaps because the women had lower CoQ10 levels to start with.
Supplements continue to work even after you stop taking them
That finding is impressive enough. But here’s what really caught my eye.
The researchers found that eight years after they stopped taking the CoQ10 and selenium, the participants continued to have a 40 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to participants who had not taken the supplements.
And this risk reduction persisted among study participants with well-known cardiac risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Let me repeat that.
The selenium and CoQ10 continued to have protective effects for the study participants almost a decade after they stopped taking the supplements.
So CoQ10 and selenium actually sound like a lifetime cure for heart disease—not just another treatment to “manage” your medical condition.
Why you should believe this study
Of course, this is just one study. But there are several reasons why I find the conclusions to be valid.
First, the statistical significance of these effects was striking, with the most impressive “p value” I’ve seen in a study (the p value tells us how significant the findings are).
It’s worth noting that 443 participants is a good amount for a clinical trial (even if it isn’t the thousands of people we see in the big, expensive studies that get all the attention). Usually, the more people in a study, the better the p value. But in this case, the p value was HUGE, despite not having really large numbers of participants. That means the effect was very real.
Second, the combo of CoQ10 and selenium taken for only four years actually reduced cardiovascular mortality (a definitive outcome) 12 years after the study finished—so the results are remarkably significant and persistent.
Third, this simple treatment also worked for participants who began the study with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or serious cardiac impairment, alone or in combination.
And fourth, the difference between the supplement group and the placebo group got bigger as the study progressed—meaning the magnitude of the supplement benefits continued to increase over time.
Simply correcting a nutrient deficiency could stop heart disease
Part of the fascination of this study comes from the finding that most people are deficient in CoQ10 and selenium to begin with. So by correcting a simple dietary deficiency, you can actually permanently reverse the nation’s No. 1 killer.
If any drug trial had this kind of statistical significance, it would have sent the mainstream screaming in the headlines. But, of course, no drug has ever been able to do anything like this in history…
After all, have you ever heard of a “miracle” drug you can take for four years, then stop, only to continue benefiting from its amazing effects eight years later?
Instead, with a chronic condition like heart disease, you’re sentenced to a lifetime of toxic drugs to “manage” your condition, because doctors can’t really cure it. And even worse, they want you to take toxic (and useless) drugs like statins to manage so-called risk factors like high cholesterol.
By contrast, we know dietary supplements are working because the same nutrients that prevent disease also reverse disease. And now we know that, because they continue working long after you stop taking them, they can actually cure disease.
1“Still reduced cardiovascular mortality 12 years after supplementation with selenium and coenzyme Q10 for four years: A validation of previous 10-year follow-up results of a prospective randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial in elderly.” PLoS One. 2018; 13(4): e0193120.