What were the results of using coenzyme Q10?
The progression of Parkinson’s disease was significantly slower in people taking the highest dose of coenzyme Q10. These patients experienced a slower decline in all areas measured by the researchers, including mental and motor skills, but the greatest effect was in the activities of daily living. Compared to placebo, the lower doses of the drug also seemed to slow Parkinson’s, but the differences were not statistically significant. What about side effects? Treatment with the antioxidant seemed safe as side effects were similar in patients taking the supplement and the placebo. What is coenzyme Q10? In the U.S., coenzyme Q10 is classified as a dietary supplement rather than a drug, so it is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The antioxidant is available at health food stores, but the researchers advised Parkinson’s patients not to take the supplement until future studies have been conducted. The coenzyme Q10 currently on the market may not contain enough of the suppleme