What Is Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that your body produces. As you age, it produces less. The cells in your body use COQ10 for growth. This injection is a favorite among athletes because it has become known for boosting energy and improving physical performance. And the CoQ10 injection helps your body recover after intense workouts as well. Some research shows it also might have a positive impact on those with heart disease.
The Coenzyme Q10 injection at Camas Medspa
CoQ10— also known as ubiquinone — is a coenzyme that helps muscles produce the energy they need to do their work. CoQ10 injections provide an energy boost before and during prolonged periods of strenuous activity as well as helping to speed up recovery afterwards.
CoQ10 is a favorite of athletes and anyone seeking a natural boost of energetic power.
At Camas Medspa our CoQ10 injections are 1m and it is suggested that you receive 1 injection per week. If you are instructed by your medical doctor to get a certain amount of this supplement we can work with you to ensure you receive the dosage needed.
Coenzyme Q10 for Heart Health
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Recent studies suggest that CoQ10, either alone or combined with other therapies, may be beneficial for the following conditions. However, as with all supplements, patients should consult their medical provider before taking CoQ10 to check if it’s appropriate for them.
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD). Recent studies show that CoQ10 supplements can significantly increase HDL-C and ApoA1 levels, even in people taking statins, and may help reduce risk for CVD. CoQ10 supplementation also lowers levels of inflammatory biomarkers shown to be risk factors for CVD, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Finally, low CoQ10 levels have been associated with greater tissue damage to the heart during a heart attack and the brain during stroke.
- Statin-related muscle symptoms. Although statin therapy can significantly reduce heart attack and stroke risk, up to 25 percent of patients quit treatment within six months due to side effects, such as muscle aches and weakness. In a 2014 randomized clinical study published in Medical Science Monitor, 75 percent of statin users with muscle symptoms reported reduced pain after taking CoQ10 twice a day for 30 days, versus zero improvement in the placebo group. The researchers concluded that combining statin therapy with CoQ10 supplements could lead to higher compliance with treatment.
- Heart failure (HF). CoQ10 was hailed as “the first new drug to improve heart failure mortality in over and decade” after a multi-center randomized study of 420 patients found that taking it reduced deaths in patients with severe HF by half, compared to a control group. The researchers tracked the patients for two years. The study was presented at the Heart Failure 2013 congress in Lisbon and later published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology Heart Failure.
- After a heart attack. In a randomized clinical trial, patients who received CoQ10 soon after a heart attack had a much lower rate of subsequent cardiac events over the next year than a control group (24.6 percent versus 45 percent). About half the patients in both groups were also taking a statin medication, prompting the researchers to report that, “treatment with CoQ10 in patients with recent [heart attack] may be beneficial in patients with high risk of atherothrombosis, despite optimal lipid lowering therapy.”
- High blood pressure. In an analysis of 12 clinical studies, researchers reported that CoQ10 has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 10 mm Hg without significant side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
More about the Coenzyme Q10!
Potential Drug Interactions
CoQ10 may be both beneficial and harmful in cancer treatments. For example, it might help reduce the toxic effects of certain chemotherapy drugs — cerubidin (daunorubicin) and adriamycin (doxorubicin) — on the heart. On the other hand, it’s recommended to not take CoQ10 if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation because it may decrease the effectiveness of the treatments.
Some research suggests that CoQ10 might reduce blood pressure, which could possibly enhance the effectiveness of certain blood pressure medications. While this may be a benefit, it’s important to make sure your health care provider is aware that you are taking CoQ10 so that your blood pressure can be closely monitored and your medication adjusted accordingly to avoid low blood pressure (hypotension). Symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness and fainting. If left untreated, low blood pressure can become life-threatening.
Will taking Coenzyme Q10 increase fertility?
Some evidence suggests CoQ10 may increase sperm motility and improve the quality of eggs. However, there is insufficient research to support its use as a fertility aid.
Does It Hurt?
No. A CoQ10 injection is administered quickly using a narrow needle. It is no different than getting a flu shot.