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CoQ10, Vitamin E and Selenium Help Skin Health

By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, December 28, 2008, abstracted from "Clinical and biochemical effects of coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, and selenium supplementation to psoriasis patients" printed online December, 2008 in Nutrition

CoQ10 and vitamin E are antioxidants that promote health in a variety of ways. CoQ10 is beneficial for blood sugar health (1), fatigue (2), and headaches (3) and vitamin E is beneficial for lung health (4), mental health (5) and heart health (6). But they have also been shown to possess health benefits when taken together, helping to maintain healthy levels of inflammation (7).

Now a new study (8) has found that vitamin E and CoQ10 with selenium may benefit skin health, specifically psoriasis, which affects between 2.0% and 2.6% of Americans (9) and imposes a significant economic burden on our healthcare system (10) with a price tag of $2 to $4 billion per year (11). Two types of psoriasis are psoriatic arthritis (PsA), where patients with psoriasis develop joint problems (12) and erythrodermic psoriasis (EP), which shows as extensive chronic skin plaques and can lead to liver, kidney and heart problems (13).

In the study, 58 patients admitted to a hospital emergency room with either PsA or EP were given a placebo or a supplement containing 50 mg COQ 10, 75 IU Vit E, and 48 mcg selenium. During this time, the patients completed a Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) to measure the severity of their psoriasis (14).

The researchers found that EP patients in the supplement group had 37% lower PSAI scores compared to placebo. PsA patients in the supplement group had 45% lower PSAI scores. Regarding the severity score, which was a combined score for skin and joint symptoms, EP patients had a 16% greater drop in severity score compared to placebo. PsA patients had a 35% greater score drop compared to placebo.

For the researchers, "a combination of conventional therapy and supplementation with vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, and selenium resulted in the improvement of clinical conditions of patients with severe forms of psoriasis in parallel with reduction of oxidative stress." In addition to CoQ10, vitamin E and selenium, other ways to help with skin health include chondroitin sulfate (15) tryptophan (16), omega-3 fatty acids (17), and avoiding gluten (18) and asbestos (19).

Greg Arnold is a Chiropractic Physician practicing in Danville, CA. You can contact Dr. Arnold directly by emailing him at mailto:PitchingDoc@msn.com or visiting his web site at www.CompleteChiropracticHealthcare.com

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