Coenzyme Q10 is a product seen commonly in health food stores and it’s use has become popular enough to see this item frequently on drugstore or grocery store shelves and ads. Having no knowledge of what this natural product is and why it is so prevalent led me to look into Coenzyme Q10 a little further.
Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that does assist energy production in the cells. Coenzyme Q10 has been found to be useful in the treatment of certain heart diseases, and, like a some of the best Omega 3 dietary supplements, is believed to help protect the heart when taken with a meal in the daily diet to boost one’s antioxidant levels and free radical destroying capabilities.
It is recommended to take Coenzyme Q10 with a meal for the best absorption. Other areas of interest with Coenzyme Q10 are as a possible aid in treatment of congestive heart failure, hypertension and certain kinds of cancer. Since there is generally a minimal amount of CoenzymeQ10 in the diet, often people seek to supplement their diet with this antioxidant. There can be some side effects from CoenzymeQ10 which are often dose related and relatively uncommon.
Coenzyme Q10 may interfere with certain medications such as blood thinners, so check with your physician if this applies to you. Some other medications actually lower your body’s production of CoenzymeQ10 such as statin drugs, beta-blockers, antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs.
If this situation applies to you, ask your doctor about the need to replace your CoenzymeQ 10 and what the recommended dosage would be.
Other uses associated with Coenzyme Q10 are a slowing of the aging process and assistance in controlling the glycemic level or blood glucose.