CoQ10 Side Effects Safety Risks & Dangers
Any side effects from CoQ10 are usually of short duration and mild in nature. Side effects may include:
- gastrointestinal disturbance (stomach upset)
CoQ10 may cause itching or a rash; an adverse reaction of CoQ10 possibly allergic in nature.
CoQ10 may also cause a reduction in blood pressure and blood sugar level; diabetics and those who have hypoglycemia should be aware of this before taking a CoQ10 supplement and consult their doctor first.
9 research studies which have focused on CoQ10 and heart disease have confirmed its benefits for this condition and that it is safe to take [e.g. 24]. Taken alongside traditional medical treatments, the studies showed that CoQ10 improves the function of heart muscle with no drug interaction or adverse side effects.
CoQ10 Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
Due to limited research, it is advised that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take supplements of CoQ10.
CoQ10 & Dosage - the optimal intake of coenzyme Q10 from the diet is unknown and the capacity for CoQ10 to be absorbed may vary between individuals.
As a guide to dosage, CoQ10 taken as a general health supplement usually ranges from 30mg to 100mg a day. However, in some cases it may be as high as 300mg a day where it is being used for a health condition.
Seek advice from a doctor first if you are considering taking a CoQ10 supplement for a specific health condition.
Examples of variation in the recommended coenzyme q10 daily dose include:
- myprotein.co.uk – 30mg CoQ10, 1 tablet a day
- healthydirect.co.uk – 100mg CoQ10, 1 tablet a day
CoQ10 & Absorption
CoQ10 appears to be better absorbed when taken in an oil based supplement, compared to a powered form . Greater absorption may also occur when CoQ10 is taken with a meal containing some fat or oil based foods.