CoQ10 & Migraine

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that your body produces naturally. Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance. The body also uses CoQ10 as an antioxidant. Levels of CoQ10 in your body decrease as you age. 

Interest in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for migraine treatment has been sparked by the potential role of mitochondrial dysfunction in migraine. In a small, randomized controlled trial of 42 patients with migraine, CoQ10 was effective for migraine prevention; significantly more patients treated with CoQ10 experienced a ≥50 percent reduction in attack frequency at three months than patients treated with placebo.  

If you are interested in supplementation with CoQ10, speak with your health care provider first. CoQ10 may change the way the body uses warfarin (a drug that prevents the blood from clotting) and insulin. There are also other evidence-based vitamins and minerals that may be recommended as part of your regimen. 

–Alice Wong, NP