Nerve & Muscle Support
Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is made in our bodies and is found in most cells in our bodies. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that helps the body’s enzymes digest food, but it is also said that it protects skeletal muscles because it can improve energy production in cells. It does this by playing an important role in energy production within cells, particularly in the mitochondria. It also has Neuroprotective properties, which means it can help protect nerve cells from damage caused by various factors such as oxidative stress, inflammation, and toxins.
When nerves are damaged the energy production within cells can become impaired, which can worsen the damage and slow down the healing process. Co Q10 helps to restore energy production within cells, which can facilitate the repair and regeneration of damaged nerves. In addition, Co Q10 may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the nervous system, which are major contributors to nerve damage. By reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, Co Q10 can help to protect the nerves from further damage and support their healing.
In a 2022 clinical trial Coenzyme Q10 was used as an add-on treatment with Pregabalin. The results provided in the paper’s abstract indicate the following:
” By the end of week 2, the decrease in the mean pain NRS score was similar in both groups, but at the end of weeks four and eight, the decrease in the mean pain NRS score was significantly greater in patients taking CoQ10 + pregabalin than in those taking placebo + pregabalin (p value = 0.01 and < 0.001, respectively). Likewise, at the end of week 8, the decrease in the pain-associated SIS was significantly greater in the patients supplemented with CoQ10 compared to placebo.”Amini, P., Sajedi, F., Mirjalili, M. et al. Coenzyme Q10 as a potential add-on treatment for patients suffering from painful diabetic neuropathy: results of a placebo-controlled randomized trial, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 78, 1899–1910 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00228-022-03407-x
It is also said to it boosts energy and helps with exercise recovery. Studies don’t suggest CoQ10 helps diabetics with blood sugar control.
Overall, while more research is needed Co Q10 may have the potential to support nerve health and aid in the recovery of damaged nerves. However, it is important to note that it should not be used a s substitute for proper medical treatment and consultation with a healthcare professional.
References: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/tc/coenzyme-q10-topic-overview#1 http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/coenzyme-q10 http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/coenzyme-q10/evidence/hrb-20059019 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0969996104002712 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0170172
Linda is an information technology business analyst and the current President of the CNA.