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Coenzyme Q10 Helps Gulf War Syndrome

Gulf War Syndrome is a CFS-like illness suffered by one in four of the nearly 700,000 veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War — and a new study shows that the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 can help ease symptoms.

The study involved 46 veterans with Gulf War Syndrome — a subset of chronic fatigue syndrome, with symptoms such as chronic fatigue, widespread muscle pain, and sleep problems. It was conducted by Beatrice Golomb, MD, of the medical school of the University of California-San Diego. For 14 weeks, she gave the vets daily doses of coenzyme Q10, ranging from 100 mg three times a day to 300 mg three times a day. "Every single one of them improved," she said, adding that there was improvement for all 20 symptoms. "For it to have been chance alone [as opposed to the CoQ10 causing the improvements] is under one in a million.”

References

"Anti-oxidants ease Gulf War Syndrome, study finds." USA Today, 26, 2011

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Some information on this site is from the book From Fatigued to Fantastic! Third Edition by Jacob Teitelbaum MD, copyright 2007 by Jacob Teitelbaum MD. Used by permission of Avery Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.