Here we have a life threatening diseases for which medical therapy offers little hope for improvement. You know the cost of taking CoQ10 supplement is miniscule considering the cost of a heart transplant. Furthermore, the use of CoQ10 has never shown any side effects or problems. In fact most of the studies show marked improvement within four months. So why don’t doctors recommend CoQ10 to their patients? I have never heard a discussion of the use of CoQ10 at any meeting or with any cardiologist and I have never heard of a cardiologist placing any of my patients with congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy on CoQ10. After reviewing these studies I too am amazed at the unwillingness of the doctors to offer this option to their patients. None of the cardiologists I knew in India recommend CoQ10 to their patients with heart failure or cardiomyopathy. It is not as if they have a good alternative therapy in mind. But unlike synthetic drugs, CoQ10 is a natural product and as such no pharmaceutical companies are going to spend millions to promote the use of its medication to doctors. It is just not going to happen.
I will tell you why doctors don’t recommend CoQ10. Doctors are pharmaceutically trained. They know drugs, but they don’t know much about natural products. As much as that they hate to admit it, the pharmaceutical sales representative generally called as medical representatives who go to their clinics/ offices daily control much of what they learn in regard to new treatments and I have not seen any medical representative show a study on CoQ10 and its effect on heart failure or cardiomyopathy. There is simply no money in it.