Migraine Prevention: Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is found in every cell in the human body and plays a crucial role in energy production.
It also has antioxidant properties.
Studies have found that Coenzyme Q10 is as effective as or more effective than migraine prevention medications.
Sixteen reasons why coenzyme Q10 prevents migraines:
1. Migraines are associated with low levels of coenzyme Q10 (study link).
2. In a 2002 study, 61 percent of patients had a greater than 50 percent reduction in the number of days with a migraine per month.
These are great results from a small number of patients (31 patients in total) (study link).
3. In a 2005 study, coenzyme Q10 reduced the attack frequency in 48 percent of migraine sufferers by greater than 50 percent (study link).
Coenzyme Q10 was also well tolerated in all 42 patients.
4. A 2007 study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital found that a third of over 1,500 young migraineurs were deficient in coenzyme Q10.
After receiving coenzyme Q10 for three months, headaches dropped by a third and headache disability went down by more than 50 percent.
Coenzyme Q10 reduces frequency and pain (study link).
5. New research shows that coenzyme Q10 may reduce the release of the peptide CGRP (study link).
CGRP is implicated in triggering migraines and the next generation migraine drug blocks CGRP (study link).
7. Coenzyme Q10’s primary function is to protect cells from oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction.
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells. It produces energy.
There is abundant evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction in people suffering from migraines, and coenzyme Q10 is believed to reduce mitochondrial dysfunction (study link).
8. In studies on rats, coenzyme Q10 has been seen to stop the release of the migraine trigger glutamate (study link).
This suggests that coenzyme Q10 may block the mechanism that triggers migraines (study link).
Epilepsy doubles migraine risk (study link).
10. Coenzyme Q10 improves low blood sugar levels (study link).
Low blood sugar (skipping a meal) is a common migraine trigger (Migraine Trust link).
12. Coenzyme Q10 reduces oxidative stress and increases antioxidants in patients with coronary artery disease (study link).
Cardiovascular events are 50 percent more likely in female migraine sufferers (study link).
13. New research shows that coenzyme Q10 significantly improves chronic fatigue syndrome (study link).
Migraine is found in 82 percent of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (study link).
14. Low coenzyme Q10 levels are associated with dementia (study link).
One study found that migraine more than tripled the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (study link).
15. Coenzyme Q10 is a main ingredient in the supplement, Migravent, with hundreds of five-star reviews.
It’s one of the few supplements than has been verified to reduce migraines in a placebo-controlled study (study link).
Statins, the cholesterol lowering medication, reduce coenzyme Q10 by up to 40 percent (study link).
This is dangerous because some doctors recommend statins for migraines (news article)
Coenzyme Q10 is needed to produce energy for all of your cells. It’s critical. Without energy, your cells and your muscles die. This is why a side effect of statins is muscle damage.
Research into coenzyme Q10 is currently being done in an effort to find ways to reduce the side effects of statins (study link).
Coenzyme Q10 is not just necessary for migraine prevention, but for living a healthy life.
Where to get it:
Coenzyme Q10 can be taken as a supplement or obtained from foods such as meats, fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
Healthy fats (omega-3) are needed to absorb Coenzyme Q10.
As with any supplement, check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you. Coenzyme Q10 is a top migraine treatment.