Coenzyme Q10

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What is Coenzyme Q10 and is it safe?

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Coenzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10) is a vitamin-like chemical produced in the body from the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine and CoQ10 are also present in a variety of foods like soy oil, peanuts, organ meats and sardines. Coenzyme Q10 is important for the body to function normally. Some claim CoQ10 can help people with unhealthy gums, low energy, poor immune systems, and even cancer and heart failure.

Coenzyme Q10 is a relatively safe supplement, but about one percent of the population has reported side effects. These reported CoQ10 side effects include upset stomach, diarrhea, headache, appetite loss, dizziness, irritability, itching or skin rash, as well as nausea. These side effects go away after stopping Coenzyme Q10 or lowering the dosage. Another side effect of CoQ10 is that it may change the insulin requirements of people with diabetes. Speak with your doctor if you have diabetes and are considering taking Coenzyme Q10.

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