Side Effects of CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural substance similar to a vitamin. This substance is naturally produced by human body and it can be found in every cell of the body. In human body, this substance is needed by body organs to perform various body processes such as producing energy, maintaining cell growth, digesting foods, and protecting the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.
However, although CoQ10 is a natural substance, it does not necessarily mean that it has no side effects. Many studies have confirmed that mild side effects are possible to occur after taking CoQ10 supplement. In fact, most people who take CoQ10 supplement stated that the side effects are still tolerable. Until now, there is no report indicating that taking C0Q10 supplement can cause serious side effects. This article will explain some common side effects of CoQ10 supplement and steps to minimize the occurrence of side effects.
The occurrence of CoQ10 side effects varies between people. Some common side effects include fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach upset, vomiting, nausea, skin itching, irritability, dizziness, headache, insomnia, and increased light sensitivity of the eyes. In general, these side effects only occur for a short period of time and stopping the consumption can immediately alleviate the side effects.
Serious side effects have not been reported to date. However, it is highly recommended that people who experience fainting, sign of allergic reaction, wheezing, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and rash after taking the supplement to report to doctor to get proper treatment.
Several reports have shown that CoQ10 supplement can lower blood sugar levels on patients with hypoglycemia or diabetes. Therefore, people who have diabetes or are taking supplements, herbs, or drugs that affect blood sugar should avoid taking this supplement. People who have low blood pressure should also avoid taking this supplement as there have been reports showing that CoQ10 may decrease blood pressure.
According to the FDA, CoQ10 supplements are regulated as dietary supplements. Since dietary supplements are not closely monitored by the FDA, some supplements that are available over the counter may do not contain accurate information on the label. Therefore, it is very possible that you do not experience any side effects with CoQ10 from one brand, but experience several side effects with other brands.
One thing to keep in mind is that poor-quality CoQ10 supplements have higher risk to cause side effects because they have more contaminants and manufacturing defects. Buying high-quality CoQ10 supplements from reputable manufacturers is a better option to minimize the occurrence of side effects.
Although CoQ10 supplement is proven beneficial to boost energy, enhance recovery and minimize effects of other medications, it is important to pay attention to any side effects that may occur after taking the supplement. Talk to your doctor before consuming this supplement so you'll know whether or not you are allowed to consume this supplement. Do not hesitate to tell your doctor if you are using other dietary supplements or medications because your information can help your doctor to make a better decision.