Coenzyme Q10 and Fertility
A recent study revealed that a commonly used nutrient may enhance fertility in couples who are trying to conceive. Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a powerful antioxidant which is made in the body. It is most widely known for its positive role in heart health, but evidence shows the potential for CoQ10 to increase fertility in both women and men. According to a 2015 article from the Journal of Paramedical Sciences, CoQ10 appears to promote egg maturation and an increased number of eggs released during ovulation in mice. This discovery is promising for future studies to test the possible benefit of this nutrient in human infertility.
It has been known that women over the age of 35 are more susceptible to having miscarriages or an abnormal number of chromosomes in eggs. Unfortunately, this trend continues to increase with age. It is thought that CoQ10 can prevent chromosomal abnormalities in eggs allowing more viable embryos to develop. Taking a trip back in time to high school biology class, you may remember that cells contain mitochondria which are referred to as the ‘powerhouses’ or energy producers in the cells. Female eggs contain high amounts of mitochondria which may explain why CoQ10 seems to be effective in protecting mitochondrial DNA from oxidative damage. In men, CoQ10 can increase sperm quality, motility (movement) and the size and shape to improve chances of fertilization.
To begin any treatment for infertility, both partners should be evaluated to help determine the reason for the inability to conceive. It is important to nourish and build a hospitable environment in the body to foster better chances of a successful pregnancy.