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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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