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The purpose of The University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Q10 and Gulf War Veterans Research Study is to learn whether taking Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10), an over-the-counter nutritional supplement, reduces symptoms and benefits the health and quality of life of Gulf War Veterans with chronic, multi-symptom health problems. Health problems may include fatigue, muscle or joint pain, memory problems, cognitive changes, sleep problems and others.

CoQ10 is available over-the-counter but is considered experimental for use in treating veterans with Gulf War Illness. CoQ10 is an important antioxidant made by the body and helps protect against damage from toxins, chemicals, drugs, mental stress, and other factors. CoQ10 also helps to produce energy needed to keep the body healthy and functional, and protects against cell death and degenerative diseases.

To be eligible for participation, you must be a veteran from the 1990-91 Gulf War and experiencing health problems since your deployment in the Persian Gulf. Men and women are encouraged to participate.

Participants  enrolled will be in the study for one year with a total of 6 visits to our study site located on the campus of UCSD. Participants will take either placebo (inactive pill), high dose CoQ10, or low dose CoQ10. All participants will take CoQ10 for six months and placebo for six months. Participants won't know when he/she is taking CoQ10 or placebo. The staff and researchers conducting the study visits are also NOT informed of what the participant is taking. Monetary compensation will be provided for time and travel. Lab work and a personalized dietary profile will be provided at no cost.

If you are in the San Diego, CA area and might be interested in participating,
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CoEnzyme Q-10: a coenzyme used in the production of energy and is a constituent of every cell in the body.  CoQ10 is also an antioxidant and has many potential health benefits.

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