A Helping Hand

Most of the research and studies performed so far with CoQ10 and blood pressure have shown that the supplement has the ability to lower the dosages of the recommended prescription drugs. This means, however, that those hoping CoQ10 will replace their blood pressure medications all together may be out of luck. The conclusion -- though it still needs to be tested with additional research to be certain -- is that CoQ10 improves the effectiveness of such medications, allowing lower dosages, rather than actually working at lowering blood pressure on its own [source: University of Maryland Medical Center].

CoQ10 and Blood Pressure

­If you have hypertension, or high blood pressure, there is some promising research that CoQ10 supplements may help your existing prescription medication work more effectively.

A study at the Institute for Biomedical Research found that for 109 patients with an existing high blood pressure diagnosis, more than half were able to stop taking between one and three of their existing blood pressure medications at an average of four and a half months after incorporating a daily dose of CoQ10 [source: Langsjoen]. It's very promising research, but it is only a single study. Still, using CoQ10 for hypertension is the only treatment of CoQ10 that the Mayo Clinic gives its "B" rating to, which means that while additional research is needed, it's one of the most promising and potentially beneficial applications [source: Mayo Clinic].

Conversely, if you have low blood pressure, make sure you don't take CoQ10, no matter what you might want to use it for. Whether you're taking it to help with receding gums or heart disease, you never know how else it will affect you -- in this case, potentially very negatively.

People spend lots of money every year on improving the health of their skin, sometimes in the range of thousands of dollars depending on acne treatments, anti-wrinkle products and other medications. Read on to see if CoQ10 could be an inexpensive alternative to your skin care regimen.