The first study to look at the effectiveness of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements in the treatment of fibromyalgia has had positive results and implicates oxidative stress as a contributing factor in the pain syndrome.
Supplementation with CoQ10 effectively raised blood levels of this vital substance in fibromyalgia patients, reduced oxidative stress, and brought clinical improvement in symptoms including fatigue, pain and migraines.
CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant and plays a key role in energy metabolism by acting as an electron carrier in the mitochondrial respiratory chain. It has been recommended to patients suffering from fibromyalgia by specialist doctors and nutritionists for many years and sufferers have also frequently self-treated with the supplement. With strong anecdotal evidence and logical rationale for its use it is perhaps surprising that no formal studies of CoQ10 as a treatment for fibromyalgia have been undertaken, until now.