Coenzyme Q10: The Best Antioxidant to Help Reduce Your PCOS Related Symptoms
CoQ10 Supplementation Shows Remarkable Progress for Women Suffering from PCOS in Controlled Trials
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Coenzyme Q10, a vitamin-like antioxidant compound, most commonly referred to as CoQ10, is important mainly due to its use in energy production and metabolism. CoQ10 deficiency is also linked to aging, statistics show that older people have, on average, 50% less CoQ10 than young adults.
When it comes to fertility, our mitochondria (the structures that are responsible for over 95% of the body’s energy production) are one of the most important factors to consider.
Women suffering from PCOS usually also have abnormally high levels of insulin and testosterone. These create inflammation and hormonal dysregulation that disrupt the function and development of the ovary. Furthermore, insulin resistance impairs the function of mitochondria, which reduces the overall quality and function of egg follicles. CoQ10 is a mitochondrial antioxidant, a substance that protects the mitochondria from damage caused by either insulin resistance or oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
In March 2014, a controlled trial, of 101 women suffering from PCOS, who were Clomid Resistant, was conducted. Clomid is used in initial fertility treatments for PCOS. Cases where ovulation is not triggered, as a result, is known as Clomid Resistance. The result was that those taking CoQ10 had a significant increase in the numbers of healthy egg follicles. Endometrial lining thickness was also significantly improved. Most importantly, ovulation occurrence rates were more than quadrupled for those taking the supplement (65.9% as opposed to 15.5% in the control group.)
Overall, it appears that Coenzyme Q10 can be considered a promising treatment to boost and protect ovarian health in women with PCOS who are trying to conceive, particularly for those who are Clomid resistant.
CoQ10 supplementation may also help reduce many troublesome symptoms of menopause. According to the Mayo Clinic, evidence shows that the enzyme may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of migraines, hot flashes, mood swings and depression. All of these are common symptoms of menopause.
CoQ10 supplements have no known serious side effects and is considered safe and effective for use as a dietary supplement. Taking into consideration the extensive list of potential benefits, it makes good health sense to ensure that we have adequate CoQ10 levels in our daily routine.