Coenzyme Q-10 Should Be Taken with Vitamin E
DC, 19 May 2003
popular dietary supplement CoQ-10or Coenzyme Q-10should
be taken with Vitamin E, the University of California at Berkeley's
Wellness Letter recommends.
has been the focus of increased scientific study and, while not
approved for therapeutic use in the US, the vitamin-like compound
is an "accepted treatment for cardiovascular disease in Japan,"
the publication said in its May issue.
is one of many substances in the body that tend to decline as people
age or develop certain diseases (such as some cardiac conditions,
Parkinson's disease and asthma)," the Wellness Letter reported.
But the question remains, it said, whether lower levels of CoQ-l0
actually cause disease or whether supplemental doses will combat
disease or reverse the effects of aging.
at the University of California at San Diego recently found that
large doses of CoQ-10"along with Vitamin E"appeared
to slow progression of early-stage Parkinson's disease, the Wellness
reduced the decline in neurological function and improved daily
life," the publication said. It noted, however, that the California
study was small and researchers say a larger trial is needed.
a practical matter, the Wellness Letter said, people who
have heart disease or Parkinson's should consider CoQ-10 as "adjunct
therapy." If you take CoQ-10, "the supplements seem to be safe"
and "no serious side effects have been reported."
the Wellness Letter said, "take Vitamin E if you take CoQ-10.
These two substances work together, at least in lab studies."
for the Future.