Coenzyme Q10 is naturally made in our livers. It is also found in meats (including fish), nuts, green vegetables, and whole grains. It is a powerful antioxidant and it also assists in our bodie's cellular processes. CoQ10 is highly concentrated in tissues and organs, especially organs that require a lot of energy, such as our hearts. That's because CoQ10 is necessary in the production of energy in our cells.
However, production of CoQ10 begins to decline in our twenties. This leads to fatigue, weakend immune systems, and aging. Taking supplements of Coenzyme Q10 can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, improve immunity, improve blood pressure, and maybe even reduce the risk of cancer.
Well that's great and all, but what does this have to do with menopause? Well, Coenzyme Q10 works by helping cells convert oxygen into energy. And one major cause of migraines may be caused by our cell's inability to generate energy. Studies have shown that taking CoQ10 supplements over a period of three months have been effective in cutting the occurrence of migraines by 55 percent.
So how much CoQ10 is necessary to be effective? In two lab studies, patients who saw improvements were given 150 mg once a day/100 mg of water-soluble CoQ10 three times a day. Many menopausal and perimenopausal women suffer from chronic migraines and CoQ10 may be a natural alternative to taking large amounts of painkillers or aspriins. While there are no side effects, you should speak with your physician before taking Coenzyme Q10 supplements as they may reduce the effectiveness of some anticoagulant medications.