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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the body, and is present in many commonly eaten foods. CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, which protects cells from damage and plays an important metabolic role.


Most healthy people have enough CoQ10 naturally. However, there is some evidence that adding more—in the form of CoQ10 supplements—may be beneficial. Increasing age and some medical conditions are associated with decreasing levels of CoQ10.


CoQ10 has been used to treat and improve the symptoms of many different conditions, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Though still controversial, some preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 may help to prevent or treat the adverse effects (muscle pains and liver problems) of taking statin-type cholesterol. CoQ10 has also been studied as a preventive treatment for migraine headaches, though it may take several months to work.


If you are in need of supplementing CoQ10, the nutrient can be obtained through vitamin supplements and can be sourced from various foods, including cold water fish, like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines; vegetable oils; and meats.

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