Wait...does this mean it's working?
March 25, 2010 11:49 AM Subscribe
Users of Co Q 10: Did it help you? How long did it take for you to feel better? Am I feeling a placebo effect?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have been fairly lethargic/possibly somewhat depressed for the past 5 years. I've had trouble focusing, felt easily drained and stressed, and somehow ended up developing gum disease (not for lack of brushing or flossing, I think, I don't know why or what happened, or why, even after flossing alot and getting a root scaling and switching to a Sonicare, I started developing plaque so easily than I ever had before in my life).
I started looking for natural agents that help fight gum disease (I have to pay through the nose for another scaling and was frustrated that my vigorous brushing and regimen isn't inhibiting plaque development) and came across an article about Co Q 10. Figuring I didn't have anything to lose, I hopped over to the CVS and bought the store brand. I took one. A few hours later, I started feeling different, more energized. I had some muscle pain (I felt like maybe it was psychosomatic because I think I might have been hyper-perceptive to pain) before, and it feels like less now.
Online, I've read that studies on Co Q 10 are either inconclusive or that it doesn't show an overwhelming benefit. Is what I'm feeling a placebo effect? I had a blood test done at a physical and everything was normal -- do they check/can they check for Co Q 10 levels?
I'm in my early thirties, female, and vegetarian (have been veg my whole life, but only started feeling lethargic and slow and fatigued 5 years ago).