Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance with antioxidant action found in the body’s cells, and is important to fuel cells with the required energy to come up with the daily needs of the body to both help cells to grow and maintain healthy cells. Coenzyme Q10 fights free radicals, which are harmful to the membranes of the cells that contribute to the aging process, and can even lead to complete cell damage. Free radicals are also believed to cause cancer and heart disease. Coenzyme Q10 supplements are recommended so to avoid the health problems deriving from free radicals.
Furthermore, CoQ10 supplements are believed to have beneficial effects to people that have had a heart attack, as they prevent patients from experiencing subsequent heart attacks, or even death of heart disease. However, any use of supplements of any kind should be followed by the opinion of the individual’s doctor.
CoQ10, in combination with medication, is also effective in treating heart failure. In heart failure, the blood pools in particular body parts, mainly due to insufficient blood pumping from the heart. Coenzyme Q10 supplements could help reduce swelling, short breathlessness, and increase the individual’s stamina to exercise. However, there have been studies proving CoQ10 has no effect on heart failure, so it is best the patient advises their doctor.
Clinical studies have shown the coenzyme Q10 could help drop blood pressure, especially systolic, by up to 17 mmHg, but it will need approximately 1-3 months before any results are noticeable. Again, further research is required.
The effectiveness of CoQ10 in regards high cholesterol is also debatable. It is believed that people with high cholesterol levels in their blood have dropped CoQ10 levels, so increasing CoQ10 levels, is postulated to treat high cholesterol. The same applies to the concept that CoQ10 could help reduce side effects of other drugs used to lower cholesterol levels, namely statins, as well as help relief statin-related muscle pains. However, only a doctor can determine if and how much of CoQ10 a patient needs.
CoQ10 can also help people with diabetes, by allowing them to manage their blood pressure levels and bring them down to normal levels. Moreover, it is believed that Coenzyme Q10 may increase blood sugar levels, and, consequently, the health of the heart. However, studies have demonstrated controversial findings, which is why a doctor is the only one responsible to allow the use or CoQ10 to patients with diabetes.
According to a number of clinical studies, CoQ10 may help patients that have undergone chemotherapy to avoid heart damage, caused by the drugs used in chemotherapy, including adriamycin, among others. Additionally, CoQ10 may also help people that are about to undergo a heart surgery, if taken before the surgery, to avoid the damage done by free radicals and arrhythmias, at the time during recovery after the surgery.Finally, it is believed that CoQ10 may also help people with periodontal disease, which is a gum disease, leading to swelling pain, redness, and bleeding of the gums, heal faster. Other benefits of CoQ10 that are presumed include improvement of the immune system in people that have AIDS/HIV; improvement of fertility in men; prevention of severe headaches/migraines; and treating Parkinson’s disease, as part of the overall treatment.