CoQ10 is an antioxidant necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 levels are known to decrease with age and are lower in those who suffer from chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Certain medications, such as cholesterol-lowering statins, can also deplete the body of CoQ10.
It is known that CoQ10 supplementation can play a beneficial role in male fertility, based on its positive effects on improving sperm parameters. Research presented last year at the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society indicates CoQ10 may also play a role in female fertility – especially for middle-aged women who wish to conceive. An animal study performed on mice demonstrated that middle-aged mice receiving CoQ10 had more eggs and better quality eggs than those that received a placebo. CoQ10 is an antioxidant which may work to prevent damage to eggs related to age. If it works in humans as it did in mice it’s possible to slow down the effect of age on fertility, meaning allow women to retain their eggs longer and those eggs could be of better quality.
While human studies are warranted to demonstrate a direct link to CoQ10 supplementation and preservation of human egg quality, there are many other health benefits to taking CoQ10 and no known adverse interactions or contraindications. Along with other therapeutic interventions, supplementation with CoQ10 should be a consideration to improve fertility outcomes.
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