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Archive for the 'Coenzyme Q10' Category

CoQ10 improves survival in chronic heart failure

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

beating-heart-150x150During the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, in Lisbon, Portugal, researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, reported for the first time that the dietary supplement coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) cut in half the death rate of patients suffering from advanced heart failure. (more…)

Coenzyme Q(10) supplementation in obese people

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Researchers at Yonsei University College of Medicine, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, studied changes in metabolic parameters, inflammatory markers, arterial stiffness, and fatigue. (more…)

Review: CAM for treating Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Dr. Keith Wollen at Washington State University, in Port Angeles, has written a review of treatment options.

Let’s focus on CAM. (more…)

Reviewing non-pharmacological options to prevent migraine

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

At the University of Turin, in Italy, researchers reviewed the evidence.

And contributors to the US Headache Consortium tell us why it’s important. (more…)

Product review: CoQ10 and ubiquinol

Monday, April 25th, 2011

CoQ10 and its activated form, ubiquinol, are popular supplements for treating or preventing a range of conditions including congestive heart failure, migraine headache, high blood pressure, and Parkinson’s disease — although none of the evidence is conclusive. tested 31 products for content and dosing. (more…)

Looking for benefits of coenzyme Q(10) in obese people

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Researchers at Yonsei University College of Medicine, in Seoul, Republic of Korea looked for changes in metabolism, inflammation, bood vessels, and fatigue. (more…)

Is it necessary to take coenzyme Q10 during statin therapy?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) are the main drug category prescribed to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Their action on HMG-CoA lowers LDL cholesterol. But it also lowers coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) production in muscles where it’s needed to maintain muscle respiration and function.

Ms. Jessica Pomaikai Asherin at Pacific University, in Hillsboro, Oregon, reviewed the evidence for supplementing statin therapy with CoQ10 in order to lower the risk of stain-induced muscle pain and tenderness (myopathy). (more…)

Coenzyme Q10 for treating high blood pressure and statin-induced myalgia

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Dr. Marcia Wyman at the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Little evidence supports CAM for childhood headaches

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Dr. Stewart Tepper from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio reports that “parents frequently ask healthcare professionals to provide ‘natural’ migraine care for their children.” (more…)

Foods and supplements to help manage migraine

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Reviewers from The New York Headache Center concluded, “The identification of food triggers, with the help of food diaries, is an inexpensive way to reduce migraine headaches.”

Here’s their list of triggers and treatments. (more…)

CAM for migraine in children

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Parents frequently ask healthcare professionals to provide “natural” migraine care for their children, says Dr. Stewart Tepper at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

Here’s what we know… and more. (more…)

Coenzyme Q predicts survival in heart failure

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Researchers from New Zealand tell us, “Coenzyme Q10 deficiency might be detrimental to the long-term prognosis of congestive heart failure (CHF).” (more…)

Coenzyme Q10 fails in treatment of ALS

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Dr. Petra Kaufmann (not in the photo) at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York reports that high-dose coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) is not promising enough to warrant further study as a treatment for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). (more…)

ConsumerLab tests Coenzyme Q10

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Just 1 of 39 coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) (ubiquinol) supplements tested contained levels lower than listed on the label.

But large variations in dose and forms may confuse consumers, according to ConsumerLab in their latest report. (more…)

Most commonly used natural products

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Here’s a follow-up to an earlier post on the use of CAM in the US in 2007 as surveyed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). (more…)

CoQ10 reduces evidence of muscle injury

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

In this study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, supplementation with the antioxidant, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) reduced exercise-induced muscular injury in athletes. (more…)

Getting specific about CAM-drug interactions

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Dr. Philip Hansten from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy has spent more than 30 years chronicling and documenting drug interactions.

In an article in Pharmacy Times, he and Dr. John Horn focus on the risks for people with diabetes or taking blood thinners. (more…)

Coenzyme Q10 to prevent muscle pain or tenderness caused by statins

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Myalgia (muscle pain or tenderness) is the most common side effect of taking statins to treat high cholesterol blood levels. It’s also the biggest reason to lower the dose or stop treatment with these important drugs.

There’s some support that the muscle-related side effects of statins could be due to a statin-induced deficiency in coenzyme Q10.

But not here. (more…)

Anael, his tumors, and the Hippocrates Health Institute

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Anael L’Esperance-Nascimento (photo) is the little boy from Quebec whose parents refused a second round of chemotherapy for his brain and spinal cord tumors. Instead, Anael will be treated at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida.

The intent of this post is to review wheatgrass, “an integral part” of the Hippocrates treatment. (more…)

New study disputes the value of CoQ10 to treat Parkinson’s disease

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

In 2002, the Parkinson Study Group reported that CoQ10 (coenzyme Q 10) slowed deterioration in patients with early Parkinson’s disease even though it failed to postpone the start of levodopa (Dopar) treatment.

Now, a study in patients with midstage Parkinson’s disease without changes on muscle function and control reports disappointing results. (more…)