Q. Dear Terry, “I have fibromyalgia and heard that CoQ10 can help. How much should I take and what kind?”– Alisa B., Spokane, WA
A. Dear Alisa, The nutrient coenzyme Q10, often abbreviated CoQ10, is incredibly important to the energy producing pathways in the body. Even though CoQ10 is found throughout the body and can be obtained from certain foods, CoQ10 deficiencies are common. CoQ10 levels decline with age, stress, chronic illnesses, and statin drug use.
While there is no singular cause of fibromyalgia, there is research pointing to dysfunction in the energy producing pathways, which is where CoQ10 can help. One study demonstrated that 300 mg of CoQ10 per day helped decrease fatigue and pain in people with fibromyalgia.
Two forms of supplemental CoQ10 are available, and that may lead to some confusion about which is best. My answer is: they are both good choices. The classic ubiquinone form is technically what we call CoQ10. It has been used in clinical research for over 20 years. Ubiquinone is generally more cost effective, but it requires conversion into the active form and may not work for everyone.
The ubiquinol form is referred to as reduced or bioactive CoQ10. This form of CoQ10 is a good option for people who are older, may have liver issues, or other health conditions.
I would take CoQ10 twice per day.
In addition to CoQ10, you may also want to consider an enhanced absorption curcumin, boswellia, red ginseng, and vitamin D.
Terry . . . Naturally
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