CoQ10 Benefits

Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, is similar to vitamins and is used by cells to create energy for the body. The natural source is heart and liver, and large amounts can be acquired by eating these foods in beef, chicken, or pork. It is also found in red fatty fish like salmon and tuna. Deficiency is very rare, mostly occuring in people who do not get enough through dietary means, or in people who take statin drugs for cholesterol. So while supplementation is not generally necessary for most people, there are still quite a few potential benefits.

Deficiency

Those taking cholesterol-lowering drug called statins are at serious risk of CoQ10 deficiency, and many doctors are not aware of this problem. CoQ10 deficiencies can result in fatigue and seizures. If you are taking statins, ask your doctor about CoQ10 deficiency.

Mitochondrial Disease

Mitochondrial disease is treatable with CoQ10 supplementation. This includes a large number of separate diseases with a varying array of symptoms, caused mostly by DNA mutation.

Heart Disease

The most popular reason for taking CoQ10 relates to heart disease. There is some evidence that it can help treat congestive heart failure, and this is the most common use for it in Japan. However, evidence is conflicting on this, but for the most part leans towards the side of being helpful for congestive heart failure. In addition to congetive heart failure, it may also benefit people who have recently had a heart attack. There is good evidence that heart attack victims who begin a course of CoQ10 shortly after the heart attack and continuing for a year may reduce their risk of further heart attacks.

Blood Pressure

Evidence is again conflicting, but CoQ10 may help decrease blood pressure in some individuals.

Migraines

Interestingly, there is some evidence that CoQ10 can reduce the risk and frequency of migraine headaches. This effect does not work after the migraine has started, but continous supplementation with CoQ10 has led to a 30% reduction in migraines after three months.

Diabetes

There is currently no evidence that CoQ10 can help treat diabetes.

Energy Levels

Popular as an energy booster, this is also no evidence that it can help increase energy levels.