CoQ10, or Coenzyme Q10 is produced in the human body and is an integral element in the basic functioning of cells. Because CoQ10 levels typically decrease with age, it is often beneficial to take a supplement to replenish the body’s supply. Those with low CoQ10 levels are often afflicted with chronic diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart conditions and muscular dystrophies.
There is evidence that CoQ10 supplements can be effective in treating several ailments including:
- Coenzyme Q10 deficiency. If metabolic or mitochondrial disorders are present, or if your dietary intake of CoQ10 is inadequate a supplement aids in the body’s production of additional CoQ10.
- High Blood Pressure. Research suggests that CoQ10 causes a drop in systolic blood pressure. Low CoQ10 is often found in people with high blood pressure although it is unclear whether this deficiency is the cause of the condition.
- Statin Therapy. Those who experience adverse effects from statin therapy for the treatment of high cholesterol have benefited from CoQ10 supplementation.
- Age Related Macular degeneration. Studies have shown that supplemental acetyl-L-carnitine, n-3 fatty acids, and CoQ10 may help reduce age related macular degeneration.
- Alzheimer’s Disease. Evidence suggests that the dementia experienced by those people with Alzheimer’s disease may be slowed down with the use of a CoQ10 supplement.
- Angina. Early studies have shown an improved exercise threshold in people with clogged arteries of the heart with the use of CoQ10.
- Asthma. Research is currently underway to determine the effectiveness of adding CoQ10 to other asthma therapies.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Preliminary studies show improved symptoms of CFS with CoQ10.
- Periodontitis. CoQ10 applied directly to the skin and gums has proven beneficial in the treatment of gum disease.
- Sperm count. Increased motility and sperm count have been experienced by some men using CoQ10 supplements.
There are several additional treatment possibilities for CoQ10 currently in research. These include treatment for migraine headaches, muscular dystrophies, and Parkinson’s disease.
Side effects are usually mild and do not last very long. These include, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, insomnia, dizziness, irritability and flu-like symptoms. Those with an allergy to CoQ10 supplements may experience a rash or itchy skin.