Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural part of our body’s cell structure. It is found in the heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas. We obtain small amounts of it through foods such as meat and seafood.
CoQ10 has been proven to be effective for treating pain such as that caused by migraine headaches.
A supplement of CoQ10 has also been found to be used by patients with muscular dystrophy, Lyme disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome. In fact, a deficiency in CoQ10 can cause fatigue, weakness, and seizures but this condition is rare.
Much of the research into CoQ10 is related to cholesterol, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. However, some researchers indicate that it could have an effect on pain as well.
Some benefits of Coenzyme Q10 include:
- Preventing heart disease
- Slowing the aging process
- Lowering blood pressure
- Boosting your energy
- Increasing your strength
- Building up your immune system
- Improving your nervous system
CoQ10 is currently considered safe to ingest orally by most adults. There are few reported side effects, besides upset stomach and nausea. However, just like with any supplement, be cautious about combining it with some prescription medications. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the effects of interactions.
Since some prescription medications can lower your body’s natural balance of CoQ10, it may be a good idea to take additional supplements to restore balance, however.
One common side effect from cholesterol medications, such as statins, is muscle soreness. CoQ10 may be a great way to counter these effects. Midland medical columnist Dr. Pffenniger indicates the following:
“Although not 100% conclusive, it now appears that supplementing CoQ10 may decrease the incidence and severity of the muscle aches. Even without the statins it would appear that CoQ10 improves blood flow and decreases bad cholesterol. Of and by itself, then, CoQ10 may reduce atherosclerosis and subsequent stroke or heart attack. Thus, it may have the dual effect of reducing muscle aches from the statins as well as its own effect on heart disease.”
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