CoQ10, or ubiquinone, is an antioxidant that is involved in the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, generating energy in the form of ATP. It is necessary for basic functioning of cells and decreases with age. It may be low in some chronic disease states, such as cardiac conditions, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and muscular dystrophies. Some medications inhibit CoQ10 function, including Beta-blockers, blood pressure-lowering medications and statins. Statins are used to lower cholesterol and can decrease serum CoQ10 levels by up to 40%!
Benefits of CoQ10
- Protects against macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and migraines.
- Decreases blood pressure (by up to 17mm Hg systolic and 10mm Hg diastolic) and angina.
- May improve exercise tolerance, asthma symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms and exercise performance.
Potential side effects of CoQ10
There have been few serious reported side effects with CoQ10 usage. It may slightly lower blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. But these things are good!
Who should not use CoQ10?
There are no contraindications to CoQ10 use.
Who might consider using CoQ10?
Anyone who would like the benefits noted above.
How is CoQ10 supplied?
CoQ10 is available as an oral pill.