There are a handful of supplements I just can’t do without. As you might recall, CoQ10 is one of them. And new research is illustrating, yet again, why this nutrient has been such a long-standing staple in my practice.
A recent German trial split 100 young athletes into two groups. One group took 300 mg of CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinol every day for six weeks. The other took a placebo.
Give me 10
At the end of the trial, researchers assessed for changes in peak power output. And results showed that the subjects supplementing with CoQ10 had a significant edge when it came to physical performance.
Granted, the benefit in this study was just barely significant. But keep in mind that we’re talking about seasoned young athletes here. So the boost to someone in ordinary physical shape could potentially be more profound.
Especially since CoQ10 levels decline dramatically with age, chronic disease… and most notably, statin use.
But whatever your condition, supplementing with CoQ10 is just a good idea. It’s a critical antioxidant that packs a serious punch against free radicals. And that’s one reason why it’s linked to better heart health and more efficient metabolism. (Just to name a couple benefits.)
That’s also why I recommend 300 mg of CoQ10 daily to everyone who steps foot in my office.
Ubiquinol supplementation enhances peak power production in trained athletes: a double-blind, placebo controlled study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Apr 29;10(1):24.