I take CoQ10 in hopes of supporting my dysfunctional immune system. I can't say whether it would benefit others or not, but my symptoms are holding (at least not progressing), so I have no intention of stopping it now.
Some additional info (and I won't quibble about the sources... it's just info I've happened across):
"In addition to its direct scavenging of free radicals, CoQ10 also helps regenerate vitamin E, another important antioxidant. Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection in fat-soluble environments such as cell membranes. When Coenzyme Q10 levels in cell membranes are diminished, regeneration of vitamin E is slowed as well."
"Should" you take it? Only you and your healthcare team can answer that question. Antioxidants are a popular topic these days, and I think reducing free radicals in my particular case is probably advantageous. As for others, I neither recommend nor dissuade from their use(s).
Well I did discuss this with my doctor a few years ago along with other supplements and he does not have a problem with it since my blood pressure had a history of running a bit on the high side. He thought CoQ10 could be a bit beneficial for helping with the blood pressure back then.
There is clinical research that supports the older we get the more likely CoQ10 supplementation is needed due to the body unable to produce as much. While not knowing for certain if CoQ10 helps, many do believe it helps, sunshine6442 post, which is why I feel better taking it each day than without.
My Dietician recommended 100mg of COQ10 daily to protect my heart from diabetes...she is adamant about taking it. She recommends 200mg for those already with heart disease.
CoQ10 supplements have been shown to increase heart energy, reduce LDL oxidation and inhibit coronary heart disease..it encourages heart cells to produce more energy according to Clyde Yancy, MD chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial .
I will continue daily along with 4 walnuts to protect my heart even though I am no longer in the pre-diabetic range and have normal levels. Nothing is too expensive for my health.
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Taking supplements is a tricky one, vitamin D has benefits especially if you live in more Northern climates such as Canada or the Netherlands and CoQ10 can have some benefits for some people who are at risk for heart disease. But the qualifier is that CoQ10 shows "some" benefits for "some" people. I think nothing beats living a healthy lifestyle with eating whole foods and daily exercise so taking vitamins will not help you if your lifestyle is unhealthy. I live in Canada and during the winter take vitamin D when I remember. I feel most supplements can be best found in the foods we eat and the rest just makes for expensive urine.
Here is an overview of what the peer-reviewed, published research evidence is reporting. For some health risks there is research to support usage; for others there is not. Talk to your doctor to decide if you would benefit from using this supplement. This site, our members and our experts can not determine medical diagnosis; or assess supplement need, dosage, etc.
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