Do you know the difference between medications and dietary supplements? If you do not, and your daily regimen is made up of one or both, it is high time that you sat down and learned the difference. Medications in the United States have to go through a rigorous and expensive clinical testing process before they are released to the general public to be prescribed by doctors or sold over the counter at grocery store and drug stores. Dietary supplements on the other hand, due to an act enacted by the Federal Food and Drug Administration in 1994 do not have to go through this type of testing. It is for that reason that around 1994 millions of dietary supplements, dietary supplements which had never undergone any type of FDA testing or clinical trials, suddenly appeared on store shelves. Further, these supplements, though their efficacy has never been tested, claim to be able to treat disease from the mental – such as depression and bipolar disorder – to the physical – such as high blood pressure and liver disease, to the life-threatening – such as cancer and heart disease.
While it is true that dietary supplements claim to be able to treat diseases, it is important that people realize that this might not always be the case. If you take a supplement, such as Liquid CoQ10, for example, be sure that you are taking it for the right reasons. If you choose to take a supplement such as Liquid CoEnzyme Q10 for purposes of self-medication, known that you may be doing yourself more harm than good. You should always consult a doctor before introducing an unknown substance into your body.
Liquid CoQ10 is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body. This substance helps create energy and protect the body from harmful substances such as an abundance of free radicals. An enzyme, liquid CoQ10 was discovered by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison back in the 1950’s when many scientists and chemists were making breakthroughs in chemistry research.
No days, after the FDA passed the 1994 act, liquid CoQ10 is mostly talked about (outside of academic circles and chemistry research circles, that is) due to its use as a dietary supplement to treat a whole host of problems. The dietary supplement liquid CoEnzyme Q10 is said to be an effective treatment for mitochondrial and metabolic disorders where patients are not able to produce enough of this enzyme.
But beyond that, Liquid CoQ10 has also been said to assist patients who suffer from heart failure and cardiac arrest, headaches (namely, migraine headaches), high blood pressure, and cancer. Liquid CoQ10 is even said to increase the lifespan. As you can probably discern, some of these claims have been questioned by medical researchers. While it stands to reason that a supplement of Liquid CoQ10 would be good for people whose bodies simply do not produce enough Liquid CoQ10, some of the other claims made by Liquid CoQ10 proponents make the drug seem too good to be true. And we all know that when something seems too good to be true, there is probably a reason for that.
The Mayo Clinic, for example, has looked into the usage of Liquid CoQ10 as a dietary supplement and, in most cases, says that there is not enough evidence to support this usage. If you use Liquid CoQ10, it is recommended that you visit your primary care physician immediately and discuss your reasons for using Liquid CoQ10 and any possible harm or side effects that could come to you by this usage. For example, the Mayo Clinic has also stated that they have not found any benefits for healthy people of taking this supplement.