What Is Coenzyme Q10 Used For?
Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 for Mitochondrial Diseases
Mitochondria are important structures found in almost all human cells. They are known as organelles ("little organs"). Mitochondria have several extremely important roles, including energy production and influence over cell growth and cell death. There are several known mitochondrial diseases. Some of these diseases are genetic, while others are not. These diseases are relatively rare, but they can have devastating effects, such as seizures, strokes, heart problems, and developmental problems. Studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 supplementation can help improve the brain symptoms, such as seizures, in people with certain mitochondrial diseases. For this use, the benefit is slow to develop, often taking several months.
Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 for Heart Health
Studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 supplements may improve many of the symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) when used in combination with the usual CHF medications. However, this issue is controversial; some studies have not shown any benefit of coenzyme Q10 in terms of several important measures of CHF, including how well the heart pumps blood. Currently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology do not recommend coenzyme Q10 for treating congestive heart failure.
Some studies have also shown that coenzyme Q10 may help with chest pain (known medically as angina). However, there is not really enough evidence to recommended coenzyme Q10 for this use at this time.
Coenzyme Q10 may also lower blood pressure, especially in people already taking blood pressure medication. There is also some evidence that taking coenzyme Q10 before cardiac bypass surgery may help to lessen the damage to the heart caused by a lack of oxygen during surgery.
Early research indicates that taking coenzyme Q10 after a heart attack may prevent additional heart attacks or other heart problems.