Increasing Fertility: CoQ10 and Female Egg Quality – Video


Antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10 and Egg Quality

CHR’s Dr. Vitaly Kushnir discusses the antioxidant CoQ10’s beneficial influence on male infertility and, possibly, female egg quality.

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Title: Increasing Fertility – CoQ10 and Female Egg Quality

Speaker: Dr. Vitaly A. Kushnir

Antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10 and Egg Quality

What effects does oxidative stress have on women’s fertility?

CoQ10 has been used for a number of years in men with abnormally low sperm, and it appears to be both safe and effective in improving their chances of having a baby through IVF. It is only now being started to be applied and studied in women with infertility, but it has been used in women for other conditions, from cardiac and neurological studies, and so on. There is some data in animal models that suggest it may be beneficial for fertility, but it’s too early to know for sure until appropriate clinical studies have been done on female fertility.

What roles do antioxidants play in improving egg quality?

Antioxidants are substances that fight the harmful free radicals and they help to protect the cells and their DNA against oxidative stress. The basic concept behind supplementation with antioxidants and also various mitochondrial nutrients is to optimize the energy ability for eggs and to improve egg quality by decreasing the risk of chromosomal abnormalities in those eggs. Currently, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, acylcarnitine, and resveratrol are antioxidants that are receiving the most attention. Coq10 normally declines with age in most tissues and CoQ10 happens to be a very important nutrient for the mitochondria and its ability to produce energy. It transports electrons and protons within the mitochondria which are the energy organelles of each cell.

How does CoQ10 improve egg quality?

CoQ10 norally declines with age in most tissues, and CoQ10 happens to be a very important nutrient for the mitochondria and its ability to produce energy. It transports electrons and protons within the mitochondria, which are the energy organelles of each cell.

How is CoQ10 being used in fertility treatments?

CoQ10 has been used for a number of years in men with abnormally low sperm, and it appears to be both safe and effective in improving their chances of having a baby through IVF. It is only now being started to be applied and studied in women with infertility, but it has been used in women for other conditions, from cardiac and neurological studies, and so on. There is some data in animal models that suggests it may be beneficial for fertility, but it’s too early to know for sure until appropriate clinical studies have been done on female fertility.

  • Antioxidants such as CoQ10 appear to protect eggs from oxidative stress.
  • CoQ10’s beneficial effects appear to derive from the protection it provides to mitochondria, the energy factory within each egg.
  • CoQ10 has been used successfully for male infertility, but its use for female infertility is only in its infancy.

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