CoQ10 may lower oxidative stress
by Newsletter Editor
In multiple sclerosis, the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibers in the central nervous system, distorting nerve impulses to and from the brain, causing a wide range of neurologic symptoms.
Early effects include decreased or double vision, tingling, numbness, fatigue, weakness, and balance problems, in intermittent episodes called relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS. Higher levels of oxidative stress may contribute to the disorder. In this study, 45 people with RRMS took a placebo or 500 mg of CoQ10 per day. After 12 weeks, while there were no changes for placebo, researchers saw lower levels of oxidative stress and higher levels of antioxidant activity in the CoQ10 group.