Can coenzyme Q10 help my oral health or diabetes?

Coenzyme Q10, or ubiquinone, is an essential component for the production of "cellular energy" or ATP production in the Kreb's Cycle which takes place in the mitochondria of every cell in the body. Known as "cellular respiration," the higher the energy needs of body organs and tissue cells, the greater the need for coenzyme Q10 consumption. This includes the heart, skin, gums, pancreas, and muscles. In addition the body's ability to make its own Coenzyme Q10 decreases with age.

Several periodontal studies from Japan, which has performed thousands of studies on many therapeutic uses of Coenzyme Q10, especially for heart disease from as far back as the 1970's, demonstrated that diseased periodontal (gum) tissue was found to be defficient in cellular Coenzyme Q-10. The corresponding decrease in cellular respiration resulted in cells that had weaker membranes and poor tonicity, like balloons that lose air. This weakened cellular state found to be improved with coenzyme Q10 supplementation. In a 12 week randomized control trial with 74 patients, the administration of Coenzyme Q10 was also found to improve type 2 diabetic patient's glycemic control, who had overall lower blood plasma levels of Coenzyme Q10 as well.

With only minor side effects documented, the extensive use of Coenzyme Q10 by millions of Japanese people especially for heart disease, has been well accepted. 

Coenzyme Q10 is controversial. There is very limited evidence to show it has any effect on oral health or the treatment of gum disease. Some researchers have said that it has no place in periodontal treatment or prevention at all. In diabetes, coenzyme Q10 might have some minor effects, which are poorly understood.

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