Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important vitamin-like compound whose recognition in the United States is growing due to its support of cardiovascular health and more. It plays a key role in the production of energy in all cells of the body. As an important fat-soluble antioxidant, CoQ10 protects the mitochondria (cell’s energy factory) from free radical damage. A recent article published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has evaluated the effects of oral CoQ10 supplementation on performance in supramaximal exercise. Examples of such exercise include sprinting and cycling. The study evaluated 15 healthy and sedentary men during two 8-week periods. Mean power increased with CoQ10 supplementation as compared to placebo, indicating that CoQ10 may be beneficial during repeated bouts of supramaximal exercises by enhancing performance.
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