Which kind of supplement is CoQ10?

Rebecca S. Reeves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Coenzyme Q-10 is a vitamin-like substance found throughout the body and in small amounts in meats and seafood. Scientific evidence suggests that if you already have cardiovascular problems, CoQ10 appears to lower the risk of subsequent heart-related events after a heart attack. There is some evidence that it might be helpful for congestive heart failure when taken with conventional medications and for high blood pressure. It might decrease the effectiveness of blood thinning drugs such as warfarin.
CoQ10 is sold as a dietary supplement has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and efficacy. The suggested dose would depend on the reason you are taking the CoQ10, and different brands measure the active ingredient differently. It is best to discuss your desire to take the CoQ10 with your physician and make sure there are no drug interactions with your other medications.

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Dietary Supplements

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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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