Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is an antioxident dietary supplement originally recommended for the treatment of gum disease, cardiovascular conditions, and a wide range of other conditions.
Normally, when something is recommended for everything, I know that it cannot do a good job on one thing. CoQ10 is now primarily marketed as being beneficial for our gums and hearts.
I learned about it when I was interviewed by Dr. Meg Jordan on NPR, May 23, 2007. A listener called in asking about it and I hadn’t heard of it at that time. Dr. Jordan challenged me to research and blog about it, so I did some research and began to take it, hoping for healthier gums and a healthier heart.
Information is everywhere now. People are blogging about it, vitamin stores are pitching it, and it’s on the vitamin supplement list my periodontist hands out to his patients with a recommendation of 30MG, 3 times a day.
I began with 30MG once a day and cut down to every other day because it’s expensive. I admit that I haven’t seen visible results in my gums, but my hygienist says they look better, so I continue to take it. I bought into the marketing because, like so many others, I want a magic pill.
There is no magic pill. It’s about a healthy lifestyle with two annual visits to your dental professional and one to your doctor. My lifestyle isn’t perfect, but it‘s better than it used to be.
CoQ10 is not approved by the FDA. Speak with your physician about CoQ10 lessening the interaction with prescription drugs you are taking, which may lessen the effects of CoQ10.