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My husband has been suffering with cvs for 5 years. He is in the throws of a fit as i type. How is these supplements supposed to help?
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The supplements are thought to supply energy at the cellular level.
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For me, I don't see a noticeable boost in energy like caffeine would give. However, I do notice if I miss a day. I drag and don't think well and don't sleep well. By supplying cellular energy via CoQ10 to my body without the "jolt" (and crash) of caffeine, it boosts overall energy without depleting it afterward and therefor causing another attack. I hope that makes sense.
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To get technical about it:
You have a mitochondria within every cell in your body. The job of the mitochondria is to take all the nutrients we derive from food and turn them into energy. It does this via a process called the Krebs Cycle. (I had to memorize this once in college, and be able to draw an exact replica of the whole process. Oh yeah, I botched it, as this is a nearly impossible feat.) CoQ10 and L-Carnitine are "co-factors" in this process and are essential for it to run properly. Research suggests that those of us with CVS either don't have enough co-factors, or our mitochondria doesn't use them efficiently. Shoving more in seems to help us. Like Beans said, there is no energy rush. I love that. It's just a constant state of having more energy for me. When I don't take them, I feel blah and weak. When I take them, I feel like a person who has the energy to do the things she needs to do during the day without needing to shut down from exhaustion. I can even run several miles a week now! __________________ Doc 34 year old veterinarian. Adult onset at 25. Some recent flare ups but working through it! Breathe, stretch, relax.