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Reduced form of CoQ10 boosted elite athlete performance

Coenzyme Q10, an essential energy fuel, occurs in all cells in the body. In this study, 100 elite male and female athletes took 300 mg of Ubiquinol (reduced form of CoQ10) per day, or a placebo, during a six-week training period prior to participating in the 2012 London Olympics.

After six weeks, using a cycling ergometer, researchers measured power output and found both groups increased in power but, compared to placebo, the CoQ10 group gained 2.5 percent more power output capacity.

Doctors said CoQ10 appeared to increase short term, high-intensity performance ability, perhaps by increasing energy capacity at the cellular level and that, although these results were found in elite athletes, older athletes and “weekend warriors” may benefit from CoQ10 as well.

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