2. Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance found throughout the body. It is vital to a number of activities related to energy metabolism and helps provide energy to cells. Coenzyme Q10 is found in high concentrations in tissues such as the heart, liver, brain, pancreas, and kidneys. It has been used in the treatment of a multitude of disorders. Coenzyme Q10 is available as a dietary supplement in nearly 100 oral formulations.
Studies have found coenzyme Q10 effective in the treatment of mitochondrial disorders (disorders that limit energy production in cells), Parkinson’s disease, and migraines. It has also been found effective in treating congestive heart failure (CHF), high blood pressure, and diabetes. The most common adverse effect of coenzyme Q10 is stomach upset. Because of its risk of lowering blood sugar and lowering blood pressure, coenzyme Q10 should be used with caution in individuals taking prescription medications for diabetes and high blood pressure.