Coenzyme Q10 for Migraine Prevention
Migraineurs are always looking for methods to help prevent Migraine attacks. We would like to avoid medications as much as possible, and we're always concerned about the possible side effects. Over the years, in addition to countless medications, many Migraineurs have tried numerous dietary supplements. There are times when supplements work for some people. Unfortunately, more often than not, we see little if any decrease in the frequency or severity of Migraine attacks.
An open label trial of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) as a Migraine preventive was very promising.1 The results were published in Cephalalgia. The introduction to the article states:
"At present there are very few efficacious migraine preventives and
fewer without significant side-effects. In medicine there has been a
trend towards the development of natural therapies that can be safely
taken by all who suffer with a disease regardless of age and past
medical history. Migraine in particular is a disorder of young people
and this patient population is very resistant to taking any form of
medication, especially when it needs to be used on a daily basis.
Migraine can be a disabling disorder and migraine preventives have been
shown to not only reduce headache frequency, intensity and duration but
also improve quality of life. Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring
substance and essential element of the mitochondrial electron transport
chain. It has been the most extensively studied agent for the treatment
of mitochondrial disorders and has been shown to have almost no
identifiable side-effects in humans. There has been a recent interest
in the role that mitochondria may play in migraine pathogenesis ... The
objective of this investigation is to assess the efficacy of coenzyme
Q10 as a preventive treatment for migraine."
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