While a balanced diet can help some people maintain good CoQ10 levels, many experts encourage the use of supplements for healthy individuals over 50, for people with particular health conditions or those taking certain medications. While CoQ10 supplements are generally well-tolerated, they can cause nausea, diarrhea, and insomnia, particularly at high dosages. Some people are also allergic to ubiquinol and should seek immediate medical attention if they experience difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, hives, rash, or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
CoQ10 is available as in hard shell and soft gel capsules, an oral spray, and tablets. Recommended dosages vary widely though healthy adults taking CoQ10 as a dietary supplement are usually advised to take between 30 and 200 milligrams per day.
Pros of CoQ10
1. It helps with symptoms of heart failure.
It is recommended to talk to your doctor before taking any supplement if you have heart failure. Remember that there is no solid evidence that supplements and other vitamins can help treat such condition, but are used along with the treatment. As for CoQ10, some studies show that it helps with relieving heart failure symptoms.
2. It boosts energy.
By taking CoQ10 with the right dosage, it will be able to perform its function of stimulating your body to produce cellular fuel, known as adenosine triphosphate. As the muscles in your heart use huge amounts of oxygen and energy, this supplement will recharge the heart’s energy system, enabling its muscles to pump blood more efficiently. Aside from this, the supplement will help clean up harmful free radicals, which are by-products of the energy-production process.
3. It might be used in the secondary treatment of cancer.
In a 1961 research, it was found that people suffering from cancer—myeloma, lymphoma and other carcinoma—had little CoQ10 in their blood, which led to the conclusion that the coenzyme would be useful as a secondary treatment of cancer. Also, other research suggested that CoQ10 will help boost the immune system.
Cons of CoQ10
1. It can decrease blood sugar and pressure.
Taking CoQ10 is found to decrease blood sugar levels, which means that patients with diabetes should exercise caution when taking the supplement. All the same, this coenzyme can also lower blood pressure, which means that patients taking blood pressure medications should consult their doctors before taking this supplement.
2. It can cause upset stomach.
One very common side-effect of taking CoQ10 is upset stomach. In fact, some clinical trials have found that about 1% of those people taking the supplement had developed mild gastrointestinal discomfort. Aside from this, other possible side-effects are heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain.
3. It can stimulate drug interactions.
It is found that this supplement can cause interactions with various types of medications, including those that are taken to lower levels of blood sugar, pressure and cholesterol. Some of the drugs that interact with this supplement are insulin and warfarin. Basically, if you are taking some kind of medication, you should consult with your doctor before taking CoQ10.
There is no established ideal dose of CoQ10. Studies have used doses of CoQ10 ranging from 50 milligrams to 1,200 milligrams in adults, sometimes split into several doses over the course of a day. A typical daily dose is 100 milligrams to 200 milligrams. Follow the instructions on the bottle or get advice from your doctor or a dietitian. Keep in mind that different supplement brands might have different ingredients and strengths.
What is coq10 good for
Coenzyme Q10 is most commonly used for conditions that affect the heart such as heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF), chest pain (angina), and high blood pressure. It is also used for preventing migraine headache, Parkinson disease, and many other conditions.