The easy way to boost your artery health

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the nation and one of the top killers on the entire planet. Avoid the disease, and you won't avoid death -- but you just might be able to put it off for a while.

I know that's easier said than done. But there's one easy step you can take right now to get it done, and that's to boost your levels of coenzyme Q10.

You've probably heard about how CoQ10 benecits can protect the heart, and that's certainly true. But it can also protect your arteries -- and in a new study, people with the highest blood levels of CoQ10 had a lower risk of coronary artery disease.

You can have your own levels checked next time you have your blood work done -- but if you're on a statin, be prepared in advance for some bad news: Your levels are probably down in the dumps, since those meds can suck the CoQ10 benefits right out of you (which is one more reason to control your cholesterol naturally instead).

In any case, shoot for bringing your CoQ10 levels above 516 nanomoles per liter of blood, since that's where the artery-clearing benefits kick in, according to the new study.

Whether you take a statin or not, you'll probably need to add a supplement to reach those levels. It's not the cheapest vitamin in the shop, but it's well worth the extra cost -- because along with protecting your arteries, it's absolutely essential to your heart.

I think of it as a spark plug. Without a spark plug, your car won't go. And without CoQ10 benefits, your heart won't beat.

Yes, it really is that important.

That's why studies have shown that higher levels of CoQ10 benefits can protect against heart disease -- and in one recent study, CoQ10 and selenium taken together actually cut the risk of death by heart disease in half.

But don't stop there. Also make sure you're getting enough of my other favorite heart-boosters, including L-Carnitine, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium.

For a more comprehensive look at your heart as well as what nutrients you may need personally, make an appointment to see a holistic doctor like me.

And for one more reason to add magnesium to your routine, keep reading!