CoQ10, Can It Help Alleviate Fibro Symptoms?

What’s CoQ10, perhaps a new model from Audi? Before my health was dented by fibro and all the things to follow, I really didn’t look into what could support good health, I just took it for granted.

CoQ10 or otherwise known as coenzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant naturally present in every cell in our body,

What Does CoQ10 do?

Coenzymes convert molecules from your food into energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (if I can barely pronounce it I definitely won’t remember it so ATP for short). As well as playing an important roll in metabolism it also protects cells in the body from free radical damage. Research has shown that people living with fibromyalgia, CFS and ME do have a deficiency. The rate at which our body produces CoQ10 naturally also decreased with age.

Research suggests that CoQ10 supplements may be beneficial although it isn’t conclusive.  As with so many self-help remedies combined with the fact that ‘what works for one may not work for another’ with fickle fibro, the results are individual.  It’s important to note that the effects of taking CoQ10 daily, can take around 6 to 8 weeks before any changes are noticed. 

My Experience

I have to admit, I was about to stop taking CoQ10 as I really wasn’t feeling any change (I am a bit impatient) but was told by a friend that it can take around 7 weeks of daily supplements before I would see any signs of improvement, so I carried on. Finally, I did notice  a reduction in widespread pain, less fibro fog and more energy.

Research has shown that CoQ10 can also help when it comes to migraine.  Personally, it’s rare that I ever get a migraine so I cannot give my opinion and I haven’t spoken to anyone who has taken it for this reason.  I have known of athletes taking CoQ10 for muscle pain, enhanced performance and reduction in inflammation.  CoQ10 is widely researched for many other health conditions, it’s definitely worth doing a little more of your own research.

I believe the way to self-help with fibromyalgia, is to take a holistic approach, looking at lifestyle as a whole (nutrition, exercise, positive thinking and language, stress management), rather than expecting huge change to come with just the addition of a supplement, (I have seen people make these claims and I think it’s misleading and upsetting for people who truly believe their claim). Each positive change you can make in your life is a bonus and added together is the key to long lasting, noticeable change.

How Can I Take CoQ10?

A great way to start is to focus on foods containing CoQ10 as around 25% of CoQ10 is derived from the foods we eat. Making sure you are eating the right foods is key so I’ve created a list of the best ones to munch. Although I am vegetarian, I’ve also included a range of meats containing CoQ10 for the meat eaters among us.

Food Containing Co10.

Eggs

Meats: Beef and Chicken

Fish: Herring, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Tuna

Fruits and Vegetables: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Oranges, Strawberries,

Nuts, Oils and Seeds: Soybean Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Canola Oil, Sesame Seeds, Pistachios, Peanuts.

Fruits and Vegetables contain less CoQ10 as meat.  However, there are ways in which you can increase the amount of CoQ10.  For example:  sprinkling nuts and/or using some of the above oils on salads or vegetables after cooking.

The way in which you cook food can also have an impact in the amount of CoQ10 contained in your food.   Frying can deplete the level of CoQ10, but boiling does not. 

Supplements

There are a range of CoQ10 supplements on the market but please always ensure that they are a high standard.  As with so many supplements, they may be cheaper, but they are very poor quality and of absolutely no health benefit whatsoever.

CoQ10 is a fat soluble therefore taking a supplement at the same time as eating a meal containing fat or oil is important.

Word of Warning!

It’s always best to take CoQ10 during the morning or afternoon rather than close to bedtime as research has shown, it can increase insomnia, no one living with fibro needs help with that!

Medication

Please do check with your doctor or medical care team prior to starting any form of supplementation as they may interact with medications you are currently taking. There is also a possibility of CoQ10 lowering blood sugar so if you have diabetes or any other conditions affected by low blood sugar please do check with your doctor before starting supplements. 

I would love to know if you have taken CoQ10 and what benefits you have felt, so please do get in touch or drop a comment below.

Have a wonderful day xxx

Lynne xxx

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