CoQ10: An Important Supplement For Parkinson's Patients

By: DavidPerlmutterMD

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating condition that affects somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million Americans. You know, I see these patients every day and I ask them, “What they’re taking to treat your Parkinson’s?” and they list the various medications at which point I tell them that, “Those medications don’t treat Parkinson’s they only treat symptoms.” It’s like treating the smoke while you ignore the fire. We really need to look at treatments that actually treat the underlying disease and can pave the way for slowing down the disease progression and that is available to us. Let’s take a look at this study. This study was published in the archives of neurology that’s put out by the American Medical Association and looked at 80 patients with Parkinson’s who were given either a placebo or CoEnzyme Q10 and what they found was their rate of decline over a one year period the ones taking the CoQ10 was dramatically slowed. That CoEnzyme Q10 slowed their decline as much as 48%. Here’s the conclusion.

In our study, CoQ10 in the treatment at high dosages is safe it’s well tolerated and reduced the worsening of Parkinson’s as reflected in their disability score. This is important information. It is a way that we can actually treat the fire as well as treat the smoke. Giving patients a way, not only to feel better day-by-day but also, to keep them from becoming more disabled as time goes on. I’m Dr. David Perlmutter.

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