Benefits of CoQ10
Some studies have shown that CoQ10 supplements may have several benefits. CoQ10 has been shown to help with mitochondrial diseases, Parkinson's disease, migraines, and male infertility. Although the body typically makes enough CoQ10 on its own, some people with certain health problems may need to use CoQ10 supplementation. It works within the cells to produce ATP, prevent oxidation damage, and stabilize cellular membranes.
CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is essential for human life. However, this does not mean that everyone needs to take supplements. For most people, the body is capable of producing all the CoQ10 that it needs, and no additional supplementation is necessary. However, some medical conditions seem to be associated with low CoQ10 levels, and these levels also seem to decline as people age. As a result, CoQ10 supplements may be necessary for people who have certain medical conditions, as well as for maintaining youthfulness.
CoQ10 has been studied for a variety of uses. In fact, it seems like researchers have studied CoQ10 for just about everything. In these studies, CoQ10 was shown to be beneficial for the following uses:
- CoQ10 deficiency
- Mitochondrial diseases
- Heart health
- Parkinson's disease
- Male infertility
- Lifespan prolongation or aging.
CoQ10 Benefits for CoQ10 Deficiencies
Some people do not produce enough CoQ10 (unrelated to other medical conditions). This type of condition is rare and is usually genetic. CoQ10 supplements may help people who have this type of condition by supplying the CoQ10 that the body does not make.
Some prescription drugs (especially "statin" cholesterol drugs) can deplete CoQ10 levels. This depletion may contribute to the muscle problems associated with statin medications. Some studies have shown that CoQ10 may prevent or treat muscle problems due to statins, although other studies have shown conflicting and inconclusive results. At this point, there is not enough scientific evidence to recommend that everyone taking a statin medication should also take CoQ10 supplements.