Ubiquinol improves energy and cholesterol in children with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a common pain syndrome where very little pressure causes muscle pain. Accompanying this pain is extreme and chronic fatigue. The level of Ubiquinol and lipids were measured in children with fibromylagia (FM) and was compared to levels in healthy children. The levels of cholesterol and cholesterol esters were elevated in juvenile FM patients compared to healthy kids.
Coenzyme Q10 is the precursor to Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol allows us to create energy and it is also involved in cardiovascular health and muscle function. Coenzyme Q10 is inactive until it is converted into Ubiquinol and then there is the release of energy from the oxygen we breathe and the calories we consume. The level of Ubiquinol in the plasma of these children was significantly decreased while the level of Coenzyme Q10 was high – they couldn’t convert CoQ10 into Ubiquinol and therefore lacked energy.
In the next phase of the study the children with FM were supplemented with 100mg of Ubiquinol daily for 12 weeks. There was a drop in the level of cholesterol and cholesterol esters in their blood with Ubiquinol supplementation suggesting it improved cholesterol metabolism. Ubiquinol also improved their fatigue as measured by an improved score in the Chalder Fatigue Scale. The study was performed at the Department of Pediatrics, Yokohama City University and is published in the journal Redox Reports, 2013;18.
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