CoQ10, also known as Coenzyme Q10, is a compound that is naturally produced by the body. It is found in the body’s tissues and helps in making energy needed for the growth and health of the cells.

CoQ10 functions as an antioxidant and helps protect the cells from free radicals, a type of chemical that can damage the cell’s DNA. Damage to the DNA is associated with some forms of cancer. Because of this quality, CoQ10 has been studied for its beneficial assistance to cancer patients. It was also discovered that patients with lymphoma, myeloma, and cancers of the prostate, pancreas, lung, kidney, lung, and head and neck are found to have a lower coenzyme count in their blood.

Uses of CoQ10 on Cancer Patients

CoQ10 supplements are used initially as adjuvant therapy, an additional treatment given to patients who had just undergone a cancer-removal surgery. Supplementing CoQ10 to cancer patients has proven effective for increasing the chance of recovery and cure.

Medical experts have cited the efficacy of CoQ10 supplements in boosting the immunity of patients. In addition, drugs that are similar in structure, properties, and composition to CoQ10 (CoQ10 analogs) have shown some promise in preventing the regeneration of cancer cells. Because CoQ10 is also an antioxidant, it can also prevent the development of cancer in people who are at risk of contracting the disease.

There are only small studies conducted on the effectiveness of CoQ10 on cancer patients, but the results appear promising. According to researchers, out of 32 patients with breast cancer, 6 patients reported that there are a reduction of signs and symptoms of the cancer after taking CoQ10 supplements. The patients also attested that the quality of their lives improved and they didn’t lose weight in between treatments. They also take less pain killers and pain medications while they are supplementing with the CoQ10. Two out of the six patients have reported that they do not have cancer anymore after taking high doses of CoQ10 for 3 – 4 months. While the results pointed to the benefits of CoQ10 supplements, it must be noted that these patients also received post-operative treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. There is no sufficient evidence that the said coenzyme can solely cure or prevent cancer.

Side-Effects and Medicine Interactions

CoQ10 supplement is generally safe to take, but it can induce side-effects, including, but not limited to:

  • Rashes
  • Increased levels of liver enzymes
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pains
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn

CoQ10 can also interact with certain medications, especially drugs that are used to control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Some cancer therapies like radiation treatment and anticancer medications eliminate cancer cells by introducing free radicals in the body. Taking CoQ10 supplements before the therapy or while in medication can interfere with the efficacy of these treatments.

CoQ10 is available as dietary supplement and is not an FDA-approved drug for treating cancer.