CoQ10
Necessary for basic cellular function, coenzyme Q10 is a compound produced naturally in the body that is used to promote cell growth and protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer. Taking a CoQ10 supplement may help in the treatment of congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease, breast cancer, muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. It may also help strengthen the immune system for people with HIV/AIDS or those with migraines.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is also called ubiquinone, a name that signifies its ubiquitous (widespread) distribution in the human body. CoQ10 is used by the body to transform food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy on which the body runs. CoQ10 is found primarily in fish and meat, but the amounts in food are far less than what can be obtained from supplements.

Adult levels of supplementation are usually 30–90 mg per day, although people with specific health conditions may supplement with higher levels (with the involvement of a physician). Most of the research on heart conditions has used 90–150 mg of CoQ10 per day. People with cancer who consider taking much higher amounts should discuss this issue with a doctor before supplementing. There are several anecdotal reports of large amounts of CoQ10 resulting in improvements in certain types of cancer. However, controlled trials are needed to confirm these preliminary observations. Most doctors recommend that CoQ10 be taken with meals to improve absorption.