Well , some people have genetic (inherited) disorders that make them low in CoQ10, If this is the case with you, your doctor might recommend you take it. If you are planning on building muscle there has been no signs of this being an effective agent in adding any sort of physical boost during workouts or adding bulk to yourself.
What are the risks?
You might be nervous about taking a supplement such as this. The good news is there don’t seem to be serious side effects from it in most people. The common risks seen with this medication vary from insomnia, dizziness, rashes, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, fatigue and heartburn. It also may interact with certain medications , and shouldn’t be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The Too Long Didn't Read Summary
The risk of taking CoQ10 and reward both appear to be low. If taken only mild side effects that are reversible have been observed. On the other hand the rewards are well studied but do not seem to have any effects that are really all that great for you unless you have a condition that could stand to warrant ingestion of CoQ10 in conjunction with a proven method of curing or stabilizing a current ailment (see Do I need to take this?) Levels of CoQ10 seem to drop as you age so unless you're getting older, which I highly doubt since this site is targeted towards teens then you probably don't need to bother with this one.
More from Dr. O:
Jacob , thanks for the great summary – a lot of people including teens are really interested in supplements to help them be healthier and stronger, so this is a really important topic. It is important for everyone out there to realize that vitamins, herbs and supplements do not go through the same long and detailed approval process that medications (prescription and over the counter medications both) go through, so often there is limited unbiased information out there to help you learn about a supplement. One of my favorite resources is: HERE - you just plug in what you have a question about into the search box.