Coenzyme Q10 for a Drug Free Migraine Treatment

Coenzyme Q10 Migraine

October 30, 2012

Isn’t Coenzyme Q10, ubiquinone or CoQ10 as it’s often referred to, the new trendy ingredient in anti-aging skin care products?  Absolutely!  As a matter of fact this fascinating supplement, and drug free migraine treatment, seems to have a wide array of beneficial health effects.  It has been linked with brightening complexions,  aiding in cardiovascular health, treating gum disease, boosting compromised immune systems, helping treat Parkinson’s and increasing fertility in males.   This valuable resource is also recommended to help people with chronic migraine.  So what exactly is it?  CoQ10, produced naturally in the body,  is an anti-oxidant and is instrumental in helping to provide energy for cells.  Coenzymes are substances that allow enzymes to speed up necessary bio-chemical processes.

Some people take Coenzyme Q10 as a supplement, believing that it may enhance their athletic and physical performance.  There is even speculation that it may prolong life.  However, since the body can only store a limited amount of CoQ10, and as people age those levels decrease, supplements are taken in various forms including gel tabs that are absorbed better than other forms such as tablets.  According to WebMd, typical oral daily doses range between 50 and 2400 mg for adults, depending on the condition being treated.  To prevent headaches in chronic migraine sufferers, the recommended dose is 3 daily doses up to 100mg each, for adults.  It’s important to note that even though it is a drug free migraine treatment, it may produce side effects in certain people and may have negative interactions with other medication.  So as with any drug, your physician needs to be consulted before taking this supplement.

Considerable scientific research over the years has been dedicated to investigating the efficacy of CoQ10 as a drug free migraine treatment.  One notable 2002 study from the Jefferson Headache Center at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania found that the frequency of episodic migraines decreased at a growing rate over three months.  This finding was supported by a 2005 study out of the University Hospital Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland that found CoQ10 compared with a placebo was better at preventing migraine headaches and nausea.

If you are considering adding CoQ10 to your therapy list for chronic migraines, be sure to discuss your options with your physician.  You may want to incorporate it in your daily diet with foods like meats, whole grains, tuna and salmon, before taking supplements.  This may turn out to be the magic bullet that takes on your migraines, wrinkles and lagging energy all in one shot!

 

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