Co Q 10, also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is essential for the mitochondria to produce energy. The mitochondria are in every cell of your body. They generate energy to keep cells alive. If mitochondria are not functioning properly illness and cell death occurs. Co Q10 benefits the mitochondria in every cell of the body and has been used to prevent or reverse many illnesses.

The well known Co Q10 benefits are:

Provides energy to the heart
Useful in chronic fatigue
Promotes gum health
Prevents migraine headaches
Reverses the muscle pain from taking statin drugs that lower cholesterol

Since CoQ10 benefits mitochondrial function, it may prevent or reverse illnesses due to mitochondria malfunction. Research on CoQ 10 benefits have shown the following:

Co Q10 benefits vision by slowing macular degeneration along with 200 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine and 780 mg of omega-3 fatty acids,
Improved immune response in cancer and potential to decrease the spread of cancer cells throughout the body.
May reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy that affects the heart
Slowed the decline in mental function in Parkinson’s disease
Co Q 10 benefits the chronic multi symptom problems that affect one-quarter to one-third of Gulf War Veterans.
Reduced wrinkle depth has been shown as another of CoQ10 benefits also shown.
It may prevent photo aging.

These are exciting findings. Doses range from 20 to over 300 mg.. Co Q10 can cause bleeding so use caution if you are on medications that also cause bleeding or if you have a bleeding disorder. Doses up to 300 mg are generally safe. However, doses of greater than 300 milligrams daily may affect levels of liver enzymes and have more side effects. Consult a functional medicine doctor to determine the best dose for the condition you are treating. Co Q10 benefits can be substantial as it is a great anti oxidant and anti aging supplement.

Author's Bio: 

Lorraine Maita, MD is a recognized and award winning physician and author transforming people's lives through preventive and anti aging medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has over 18 years experience in Preventive Health and Wellness, Internal, Occupational and Travel Medicine and Executive Health.

Dr. Maita served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Prudential Financial, Medical Director on The Pfizer Health Leadership Team and Medical Director of North America for Johnson & Johnson Global Health Service and was an attending physician at St.Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, Emergency Department and Executive Health Examine rs in New York City. She is a consultant for companies wanting to develop or enhance their employee and occupational health and wellness programs and has a private practice in NJ.

She is author of "Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier".