CoQ10 supplements (in Ubiquinol form) can help us to build a “mightier” mitochondria (the powerhouse energy center of our cells.)
What does our mitochondria have to do with it?
This is the energy center of our cells. Crucial to the supply of needed energy and sufficient antioxidant protection. This is where we use up the carbohydrates and fats for crucial cellular energy..
Did you know that as we age, our mitochondria become more dysfunctional just by the aging process itself? So then, if we have a chronic illness such as fibromyalgia, we have an added challenge, and we may not be clearing free radicals as efficiently as we did when we were younger and more resilient. Fortunately, research has found that CoQ10 supplements are one of the most potent anti-aging nutrients.
The reason this becomes so important to those of us with fibromyalgia is due to the fact that the mitochondria are very
easy targets for free radical damage. The brain and the heart muscle for
example demand much energy and can be the first areas to feel the effects of
If you suffer with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) then ubiquinol form of CoQ10 becomes even more essential to support the effects of 'free radical damage' to cells.
Ubiquinol also supports exercise tolerance and can help to prevent post exercise malaise in those with both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
This big demand for CoQ10 by the brain becomes of even greater interest for anyone dealing with fibromyalgia and the subsequent “brain fog” that’s so often present.
Because of the inability to generate and utilize CoQ10 as we age, CoQ10 in supplement form has become an ESSENTIAL dietary addition for the fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patient.
So what is the best way to obtain CoQ10 and are there any co-factors that may enhance the effectiveness when taking CoQ10 supplements?
The absolute best way to obtain and utilize CoQ10 is in the
form called UBIQUINOL. This form provides the best bio-availability and uptake
into cells. Also, it has been found that many of us over the age of 40 must take the ubiquinol form in order
to absorb and utilize the nutrients anyway.
There is also a micro nutrient, known as PQQ that pairs well with CoQ10 to enhance the effectiveness and increase the antioxidant protection. Research has even discovered that PQQ is 5,000 times more effective in reducing oxidation in the body than other well known antioxidants, such as vitamin C. Although PQQ will compliment CoQ10 ubiquinol, the first priority is ubiquinol itself; however, the brands we recommend contain both and do not contain soy or other additives (Life Extension and Swanson)
These two essential nutrients can be found together in one supplement as shown in the adjacent picture of the Swanson Enhanced Pqq with Ubiquinol CoQ10 or can be taken individually, however the quality is very important.
NOTE : On my main supplement page, I start by saying that "More is not better", and that where possible, we need to obtain nutrients from food sources, however, in this case, ubiquinol becomes an essential supplement because the body cannot make it on it's own.
Yes, CoQ10 (in ubiquinol form) has quickly become one of the best ways we can ALL maintain a ‘mightier’ energy center with mitochondrial protection AND energy production.
The following link sheds more light from recent research on the criticality of CoQ10 for FMS/CFS sufferers: Mitochondrial Damage/Dysfunction.
A recent headline caught my eye: "Colorado University finds breakthrough treatment makes old arteries seem young again." Their study showed that taking a brand new type of antioxidant called MitoQ results in this remarkable improvement.
Right away I picked up that the mechanism that MitoQ Antioxidant Supplement uses is to support the repair of mitochondrial oxidative damage. This is a very important requirement for fibromyalgia sufferers and even more essential for those with CFS.
Elsewhere on this site , I explain that every muscle cell has thousands of mitochondria. The mitochondria are like little factories that convert the food we eat into a form our cells can use for energy.
By the time we reach our early thirties, our mitochondrial energy production peaks. After that, age, stress, and environmental toxins combine to reduce our energy capacity about 10% per decade. This is why most fibromyalgia and all CFS patients find it so difficult to take advantage of The Benefits of Exercise, the proven most successful treatment option for both syndromes.