Coenzyme Q10 and pregnancy

Normally, in this blog we focus on clinical research into the effects of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation of heart failure patients, senior citizens, patients with high blood pressure, patients with diabetes, and so on. Today, we have summarized a randomized controlled trial of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation of pregnant women.

What about Coenzyme Q10 supplements for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, you ask.  Well, yes, that seems to be a logical question.  

Coenzyme Q10 is an essential factor in the cellular process of energy production.  It plays an important role in antioxidant protection of the cells. It helps to maintain good endothelial cell function [Littarru 2010].

And, pregnancy is certainly a time when women need extra energy.  Ditto when they are breastfeeding.  

Similarly, pregnancy and breastfeeding are times of increased oxidative stress and thus increased need for antioxidant protection.  Pre-term mothers and infants, in particular, need extra antioxidant defense [Abuhandan 2015].

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