Coenzyme Q10 boosts immune system, energy levels
As most cellular processes require energy, CoQ10 is essential for good health. It is distributed in the membranes of the cells and possibly serves as a membrane antioxidant. CoQ10 supplements have been used to aid cardiac patients, especially those with high blood pressure and heart failure. However, it requires larger long-term trials.
Coenzyme Q also bolsters the immune system and improves immune function in HIV/AIDS patients, increases energy levels, promotes weight loss, and enhances gum health. It has also been shown to be beneficial in chronic fatigue syndrome and several neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.
Coenzyme Q protects against the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy in cancer treatment. Its role as a hypo-glycemic agent (reducing blood sugar levels) is being explored.
Promising results in animal studies show that Coenzyme Q may be effective against cancer prompted researchers in Denmark to conduct similar studies on small groups of women who had breast cancer. In many cases, the women responded positively, sometimes experiencing complete remission. However, the results were not conclusive because many women were taking other supplements and receiving standard cancer therapy while taking Coenzyme Q.
CoQ10 has been used, recommended, or studied for numerous conditions, but remains controversial as a treatment in many areas. Benefits are not conclusively proven and long-term research is needed to strengthen recommendations.
Ishi Khosla is a former senior nutritionist at Escorts. She heads the
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