- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells.
- Natural CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.Natural CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
- Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.
- CoQ10 can be derived from mackerel and herring tissue and can be applied topically, in skin creams, or ingested through daily supplements.
- As a dietary supplement, CoQ10 should be taken in doses no larger than 100 mg a day.
- It is an antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals, one of the causes of aging. Stress, aging or some medications can cause a natural decline in CoQ10 and in most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. As a small molecule that can easily penetrate the skin, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration and reduce free radical damage. CoQ10 has the beneficial effect of preventing photo-aging and wrinkles, most notably crows feet around the eyes.
- Heart failure
- Muscular dystrophy
- Periodontal disease.
- Boost energy and speed recovery from exercise
- Reduce the effects certain medicines can have on the heart, muscles, and other organs.
- There are few serious reported side effects of CoQ10 supplements, including nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea, loss of appetite, skin itching, rash, insomnia, headache, dizziness, itching, irritability, increased light sensitivity of the eyes, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms. Applied topically in a moisturizer or cream, CoQ10 may cause a mild rash or allergic reaction.
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Source: WebMD, “Coenzyme Q10”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/