Coenzyme Q10 Supplements May Have Little Value

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 30, 2015 · 0 comments

The popular supplement coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), widely believed to act as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells from damage by free radicals (renegade oxygen molecules), is unlikely to provide any benefit. This finding comes from a study conducted at McGill University.

Ubiquinone is a fat-like substance found naturally in every cell in the body. Cells need it to produce energy. It has been recommended to reduce the risk of many illnesses and to act as an anti-aging supplement. The researchers concluded that ubiquinone supplements cannot possibly act in the manner promoted by the advertisements for these products.

It is estimated that global sales of coenzyme Q10 amount to hundreds of millions each year. The lead researcher, Professor Siegfried Hekimi said, “Dietary supplements cost a lot of money. Money that would be better spent on healthy food. What’s more, the hope for a quick fix makes people less motived to undertake appropriate lifestyle changes.”

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