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What are some important facts about Coq10?

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Some important facts about CoQ10 are that it is a nutrient found throughout the body, and certain foods also contain this coenzyme. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that may help fight the damages of free radicals in the body. Additionally, there is some clinical evidence that CoQ10, either by itself or in combination with other medications, may be useful for certain medical conditions, including heart failure and other heart-related problems, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes, as noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Migraine headaches, gum disease, low sperm count and motility, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer's disease are some other conditions for which there are some limited clinical studies with respect to CoQ10, notes WebMD. However, these research studies were limited, small and some showed mixed results. For these reasons, more research is necessary to study and evaluate CoQ10's true efficacy for any of these conditions.

Coenzyme Q10 is also called ubiquinone, stated the Drugs website. This supplement does not have approval for the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of any of these conditions. However, it is a popular supplement used by people. Certain foods, such as whole grains, tuna, mackerel, salmon and vegetable oils, contain CoQ10.

Before taking CoQ10 supplements, it is important to know that this supplement is not for children under the age of 18 unless it is under a doctor's care, as stated by the University of Maryland Medical Center. There are also possible side effects and interactions possible with CoQ10 supplements. Some side effects may be heartburn and nausea. Additionally, there can be interactions of CoQ10 with blood thinners, hypertension medications and beta-blockers.

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