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Co-enzyme Q10 before exercise

Co-enzyme Q10 – also known as ubiquinone – is a powerful antioxidant found in every cell of the body, where it has important functions within the mitochondria – the “powerhouses” of cells.  Javier Diaz-Castro, from the University of Granada (Spain), and colleagues studied elite runners participating in a 50-kilometer run across Europe’s highest road in the Sierra Nevada. Twenty athletes participated in the study, who were divided into two groups: one group received one 30 mg capsule of Q10 two days before the run, three 30 mg capsules the day before the run, and one capsule one hour prior to the run. The other group received placebo at the same time. Whereas the placebo group displayed a 100% increase in oxidative stress markers, only 37.5% of the Q10-supplemented runners experienced the same stresses. Suggesting that Q 10 countered the overexpression of certain pro-inflammatory compounds after exercise, the researchers conclude that: “Co Q10 supplementation before strenuous exercise decreases the oxidative stress and modulates the inflammatory signaling, reducing the subsequent muscle damage.”


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia

Question: Do you have vitamin suggestions for chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia?  I was taking doxycycline but my MD doesn’t want me to take any medications for it. 

Answer: The book, “From Fatigue to Fantastic” by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, specifically addresses fibromyalgia and multiple related issues. Levels of brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin or norepinephrine are often at lower than normal levels. These are important brain chemicals that help modulate your experience of pain and help to deepen sleep and improve just the quality of your mood and energy. You can improve your neurotransmitter balance with amino acids like 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan and L- Theanine, EPA-DHA, Tyrosine, vitamin B6Lumina is a supplement by Metagenics that modulates metabolism of dopamine, GABA & norepinephrine; Symphora is a supplement by Metagenics that promotes a positive mood and mental well-being by beneficially modulating cerebral metabolism of cortisol.,

Hormonal issues are very important. Not enough DHEA, or testosterone in both men and women, and in women the levels of progesterone and estrogen affect this. Levels of magnesium are very important but it’s hard to get magnesium glycinate by taking it in oral form. Sometimes alternative MD’s use an intravenous treatment called a Myers’ cocktail in fibromyalgia patients to  significantly boost magnesium and help reduce muscle tightness and muscle aching that may happen when the muscles get tired and need help to  properly relax.

Other supplements that I recommend are Fibroplex Plus by Metagenics. this product really helps muscle tenderness, energy metabolism and neuromuscular function. Other helpful supplements  are COQ10 and carnitine. Helping people sleep better is important. So reestablishing sleep with either supplements like kava, melatonin, or valerian root is useful. This helps bring about a healing process in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.,
Some patients inexplicably have low levels of B12, and  they may respond to oral B12 or  B12 shots. Always check for low levels of  vitamin D. Vitamin D is a  very important part of the pain picture in fibromyalgia because when you have low levels of vitamin D, your bones demineralize and they actually may ache.
People say, “I’ve got that deep achy feeling in my bones.” That may really be what’s happening — the bones are aching due to demineralization with inadequate levels of vitamin D. So using vitamin D as a pain medication can be helpful if we find the vitamin D levels low. You can see that there is a whole checklist of issues that can make a difference for FMS & chronic fatigue.

The warm laser has been one of the best treatments I have seen for fibromyalgia. The deep heat really seems to help aching joints and muscles. please read my posts on the warm laser.

Do some research on your own and you may seek guidance from a nutritionally-oriented chiropractor or health care practitioner who can guide you through a protocol of proper support for this condition.,