Q10 protects your muscles
A lot of people take supplements of coenzyme Q10 to increase their energy levels but according to a new study the substance is even able to counteract muscle damage caused by intense physical activity.
Sport requires a lot of energy and many athletes use the vitamin-like substance as a natural shortcut to increased energy and improved performance. However, the compound also appears to protect against some of the muscle damage that is often seen among hardcore athletes. In a study which researchers from the University of Granada in Spain conducted with 20 ultra-runners, the athletes who took supplements of coenzyme Q10 had significantly less muscle tissue damage compared with runners who did were given identical “dummy” capsules.
The study is published in the European Journal of Nutrition and is claimed to be the first to show that coenzyme Q10 protects muscle tissue against damage in connection with extreme sport.
Less DNA damage and inflammation
The 20 runners were randomly assigned to two equal groups. The participants in the first group were each given a capsule with 30 mg Q10 two days before the race, three 30 mg capsules on the day before the race, and one 30 mg capsule an hour before dispatch. The participants in the second group received the same amount of capsules, only as placebo capsules with no effect. All participants competed in a 50 kilometer race along Europe’s highest road through the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The scientists observed a clear difference between the two groups. The Q10-supplemented runners had less than half the level of DNA damage as the runners in the placebo group. Also, levels of inflammation in the Q10 group were substantially lower than among the controls.
In addition, the scientists observed that urine levels of creatinine were much lower in the Q10-supplemented athletes. Creatinine is a natural substance that is released as a result of the break-down of muscle tissue. It is also a sign of kidney damage.
A Finnish study from 1996 found that supplements of Q10 helped top-notch cross-country skiers recover faster after arduous training sessions, and the new study may help explain why: the less muscle damage a person is exposed to, the faster the recovery.
European Journal of Nutrition (ahead of print), October 12, 2011
Coenzyme Q10 (also known as Q10) occurs naturally in different types of food but is also synthesized in the human liver
The body’s endogenous production of Q10 peaks around the age of 20 years. From this point onward, the production decreases.
All cells depend on Q10 in order to produce energy. Q10 is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against the oxidation that takes place inside the cells and may lead to cellular damage in e.g. muscle tissue.
The Danish pharmaceutical company Pharma Nord has developed one of the world’s leading Q10 brands (Bio-Quinone Q10). The preparation contains 100% body-identical Q10 dissolved in a special vegetable oil matrix. A patented heating technique enables complete dissolution of the Q10 molecules at body temperature, enabling unhindered absorption of the active ingredient in the digestive system.
The documented bio-availability of Bio-Quinone Q10 is the reason why this preparation has been selected as the official science reference by the International Coenzyme Q10 Association (ICQA).