Dietary Supplement Helps Veterans With Gulf War Illness
About one-third of the 700,000 U.S. troops who fought in the first Persian Gulf War have developed a set of chronic health issues. The symptoms of Gulf War illness include fatigue, muscle pain and breathing problems.
Forty-six veterans, each of whom were diagnosed with Gulf War illness, were given either a placebo or 100 milligrams of coenzyme Q10 a day. UCSD's Dr. Beatrice Golomb, principal investigator of the study, said after three-and-a-half months, the results were surprising.
Out of 20 symptoms present in at least half of these affected veterans, 19 of them improved when veterans took Q10 instead of a placebo, Dr. Golomb explained.
Veterans who took the supplement reported fewer headaches, less fatigue and decreased muscle pain.
Dr. Golomb said the next step is to see whether a combination of coenzyme Q10 and additional nutrients that reduce cell damage could produce better results.