Q10, often called COQ 10 or CO Q10, is a nutrient that occurs
naturally in the mitochondria of every cell in the body.
It was discovered in 1957, and since then has been studied in
relation to heart disease, atherosclerosis and hypertension.
More recently, scientists have begun to focus on its possible
benefits in treating diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, lowering
cholesterol, preventing and lessening the severity of migraines,
and possible antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
the research into the preventive and healing abilities of COQ 10
is promising. Because COQ 10 is a basic component present in
every cell in the body, it stands to reason that supplementing
the diet with COQ 10 has a beneficial effect on a wide variety
of ailments. Thus, it should come as no surprise that COQ
10 has proven beneficial in preventing migraines, lowering blood
pressure, reducing cholesterol and preventing cancer.
taking COQ 10 report increased energy levels, which has been
confirmed by scientific studies evaluating the effect of COQ 10
on chronic fatigue syndrome. A case study in the British
medical journal, Lancet, reports on the reversal of the symptoms
of Alzheimer’s disease through supplementation with COQ 10, and
numerous other studies and reports support claims that COQ 10
has potent antioxidant properties.
survives on the energy that is created when cells break down
sugars, fats and amino acids (proteins). Much of this
breakdown happens within tiny enclosures in the cells called
mitochondria. COQ 10 is the substance in the mitochondria
that carries electrons involved in producing energy from the
food that you eat.
is believed to be one of the first antioxidants that is depleted
when LDL (the good cholesterol) is subjected to oxidation. In
other words, it prevents the oxidation of lipoproteins in the
blood, reducing the risk of harmful plaques that narrow arteries
and contribute to heart disease.
also seems to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may
account for its reported benefits in treating migraines.
There is also research to support its role in bolstering the
immune system, and helping the body to fight off infection and
deal with the many disorders that have been connected to
autoimmune system dysfunctions (diabetes, in particular).
Health Benefits of COQ 10:
2002 study reported in Cephalalgia showed that 61% of 32
patients treated with COQ 10 as a prophylactic measure reported
a greater than 50% reduction in migraines after a three month
trial. This was confirmed in a February 2005 randomized
double-blind study in which patients treated with COQ 10
reported a 42% reduction in migraine occurrence as opposed to a
14% reduction in those receiving a placebo.
2004 study reported in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, COQ 10 significantly enhanced the anti-inflammatory
action of Vitamin E.
Reduces the damage caused by Parkinson’s disease
study of 80 patients concluded that treatment with high doses of
COQ 10 substantially reduces the damage caused by Parkinson’s
disease. In a clinical trial, the 24 patients on the
highest daily dosage of COQ 10 showed significantly less
impairment to their motor functioning than those on lower doses.
Can provide a pharmacological ‘bridge’ for patients awaiting
study involving patients in end-stage heart disease determined
that “The administration of CoQ10 to heart transplant
candidates led to a significant improvement in functional
status, clinical symptoms, and quality of life.”
Reduces high blood pressure
randomized double-blind study, patients treated with COQ 10
showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure consistent with
prescribed medication. The conclusion reached by the
researchers was “Our results suggest CoQ10 may be safely offered to hypertensive patients
as an alternative treatment option.”
Increases energy levels and fights fatigue
Supported by multiple studies and anecdotal evidence
Possible Side Effects of COQ 10
doses, some patients report insomnia and restlessness.
Other than that, there seem to be no serious side effects.
of its multiple health benefits, most nutritionists recommend a
daily health supplement that contains COQ 10 in dosages of 50 to
100 mg to help prevent cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and
high cholesterol levels, as well as to increase energy and