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Coenzyme Q10 helps prevent migraine
The 56th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Neurology in San Francisco was the site of a presentation on April 28 of the finding that coenzyme Q10 can help prevent migraine. Coenzyme Q10 is a popular antioxidant nutritional supplement that is involved in the production of energy within the mitochondria of the cell and has been found to be helpful for a number of conditions.
In a double-blind study, researchers led by Peter S. Sandor, MD, of University Hospitals in Zurich, Switzerland, randomized 42 participants who had an average of 4.4 migraine headaches per month to receive 100 milligrams coenzyme Q10 or a placebo three times per day for three months. At the study’s conclusion, the subjects who received coenzyme Q10 were found to have had fewer migraine attacks and fewer days with a headache and nausea, while the placebo group did not significantly improve. Forty-eight percent of those who received coenzyme Q10 reported experiencing half the amount of migraine attacks during the study period as they had experienced before the study, compared to 14.3 percent of the placebo group.
Dr Sandor commented, "We found that coenzyme 10 had a significant effect on reducing migraine. We also found that the only side effect appeared to be an allergic skin rash in one patient. This compares with side effects of fatigue, weight gain, dry mouth, and other side effects found with other methods to prevent migraine.
He explained, "A lack of cell energy in the brain may be a cause of migraine. CoQ10 may give a boost to those cells and help prevent migraine."