Myth 6: I have PCOS. CoQ10 won’t help me. Fact: CoQ10 has benefits for women with PCOS.

Myth 6: I have PCOS. CoQ10 won’t help me.

Fact: CoQ10 has benefits for women with PCOS.

Exciting new research has shown that CoQ10 may be particularly helpful for women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).  In a recent study, researchers compared the effect of taking CoQ10 along with clomiphine, to the effect of taking clomphine alone.

Researchers found that those who supplemented with 60 mg of CoQ10 three times a day, in addition to 150 mg of clomiphine-citrate, had more egg follicles, greater endometrial thickness, and experienced higher rates of ovulation (65.9% vs. 15.5%) than those in the control group.  Even more exciting was that women in the CoQ10 plus clomiphine group had higher pregnancy rates (37.3% vs. 6.0%) than those taking only clomiphine.

A 2016 randomized controlled trial evaluated the effects of CoQ10 on glucose (sugar) metabolism and lipid (fat) profiles in 60 women with PCOS.

In this study, patients took either 100 mg of CoQ10 or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. Researchers measured markers of insulin metabolism and blood lipid levels at the beginning and end of the study.

The CoQ10 group had a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar and insulin levels.  They also experienced decreases in total cholesterol and LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels.

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