What are the benefits of CoQ10 supplementation?


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One of the greatest benefits of coenzyme Q10 supplements is treatment support for various conditions, such as congestive heart failure, mitochondrial disorders, high blood pressure and migraine headaches, states WebMD. Studies have failed to demonstrate any success in treating neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and ALS, with CoQ10.

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CoQ10 is thought to help support these conditions because it plays a role in the cell’s ability to produce ATP, which helps to store and transfer energy, explains WebMD. The amount of available CoQ10 peaks in young adults, and by the age of 80, the amount of CoQ10 in the body is lower than that of a newborn infant. Supplemental dosage is determined by the condition being treated and can range from 100 milligrams per day to 3,000 milligrams per day.

CoQ10 is an antioxidant found in foods such as fish and meats and sesame, canola and soybean oils, notes Dr. Andrew Weil. The typical American diet includes approximately 10 milligrams from dietary sources, so supplementation is often recommended for patients with an indicating medical condition. Ubiquinol and ubiquinone are the two forms of CoQ10 supplements available. Ubiquinol is in the active antioxidant form, while ubiquinone is in the oxidized form, which the body partially converts to ubiquinol.

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