Does CoQ10 Work?
Many people may wonder if CoQ10 works. There is some evidence that CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) may help treat a variety of health conditions, including Parkinson's disease, migraines, and certain mitochondrial diseases. However, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of CoQ10 for these uses. Do not expect CoQ10 to slow down or reverse aging, or to be a miracle "cure-all."
Like many dietary supplements, CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) claims to be useful for a wide variety of health conditions. It is also claimed to promote general health and youthfulness (some people even claim that it can extend the lifespan). While there is some scientific truth to many of these claims, they are often exaggerated.
CoQ10 is supposedly effective for several different uses, including:
- Lifespan prolongation or slowing down aging
- Heart health
- Parkinson's disease
- Male infertility
- CoQ10 deficiency
- Mitochondrial diseases.
In some bacteria, CoQ10 supplementation may prolong lifespan, but this is not true in rodents. People have therefore assumed that just because CoQ10 prolongs the lifespan of bacteria that it will also do so in humans. However, there is no reliable scientific evidence that shows that CoQ10 has any effect on lifespan in humans.
People have assumed that just because CoQ10 levels decline as people age that supplements can slow down or reverse aging. CoQ10 is sometimes claimed to be a miracle cure-all and fountain of youth. While research suggests that CoQ10 may be beneficial for some conditions associated with aging, it should not be expected to slow down or reverse the aging process.