How does coenzyme Q10 treat muscle-wasting diseases?


Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring substance created by your body to facilitate energy production in your cells. Some people do not produce enough coenzyme Q10 for cells to function properly, so adding this medication may help treat muscle-wasting diseases, such as mitochondrial disorders, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), Huntington's disease (HD), and muscular dystrophy (MD). Doctors may also prescribe coenzyme Q10 to treat heart disease, cancer, AIDS, and gum disease. This drug's cancer-fighting ability may be due to the fact that it is an antioxidant, a substance that thwarts cell-damaging free radicals. Although the Food and Drug Administration has given provisional approval to prescribe coenzyme Q10 for diseases that have few other successful treatment options, studies have not yet determined its effectiveness at treating or preventing any disease. Coenzyme Q10 is also known as co Q 10, mitoquinone, Q 10, ubidecarenone, ubiquinone, and vitamin Q.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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