Supplement Spotlight: CoEnzyme Q10

September 2, 2021 by
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CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a supplement that most people have heard of. It’s been around for a long time and the research around it continues to expand in both the health and performance sector. Previous studies have shown conflicting results with regards to sports performance leading experts to believe that its impacts are trivial at best for athletes. However, new research has emerged that demonstrates a significant and positive performance impact over 6 weeks of CoQ10 supplementation.

CoQ10 is a vitamin-like liquid soluble antioxidant that is made throughout the body, synthesized from the foods that we eat. Next to Vitamin E, it is considered the most important antioxidant in the body. 

In its reduced form, it is known as Ubiquinone because of its ubiquitous distribution throughout the body. Most notably, CoQ10 is found in high concentrations inside the mitochondria of the cells. If you can’t quite remember the significance of that organelle, it is the “powerhouse” of the cell where the body generates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is vital for physical output. Like most enzymes, CoEnzyme Q10 works as a catalyst or facilitator in the production of ATP, and higher concentrations are linked to more efficient ATP production.

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