How CoQ10 Can Help Support Your Active Lifestyle
Staying physically fit takes energy, and eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep will all help you feel your best. But sometimes your body needs a boost to power through an active day, especially as you age.
One critical component is coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, a naturally occurring compound that your body makes to produce energy. In fact, CoQ10 helps create 95% of the energy used by the cells in your body.1It supports healthy blood flow and protects blood vessels and, because your heart uses the most energy of any organ, CoQ10 is important for a healthy heart.2 CoQ10 also helps your brain work properly and can help you maintain healthy blood levels already within a normal range.
As we get older, the amount of CoQ10 in our bodies naturally decreases. Sometimes lifestyle or medical history can affect CoQ10 levels. For example, if you take statins to lower your cholesterol, it can deplete your natural CoQ10 levels.3 Taking a CoQ10 supplement can reduce this effect.
Studies have shown that CoQ10 supplements may help people stay physically active and perform at their best. Studies have looked at the potential benefits of CoQ10 supplements in a variety of adults, from elite athletes doing rigorous training to people who are trying to maintain a healthy heart and stay fit.
Here are some of the benefits:
Some people who are trying to maintain a healthy heart may feel tired during exercise. Research shows that CoQ10 may help these people perform better in exercises that increase heart rate. One study showed that a water-soluble form of CoQ10 along with creatine, another supplement, helped increase physical performance in cardiopulmonary exercise tests in this group of people.4
Reduced Muscular Injury
Intense exercise can lead to muscular injury, which can affect overall performance. Studies show CoQ10 may help reduce exercise-related muscular injuries in athletes. In one study of elite athletes who trained more than five hours a day for a six-day period, CoQ10 was found to reduce muscular injury related to training.5
Rigorous exercise can bring on fatigue. Research shows that CoQ10 may help reduce fatigue while you exercise. In a study of healthy adults, CoQ10 improved physical performance and decreased fatigue during and after extensive exercise.6 This suggests that there may be a benefit to taking the supplement when fatigue starts to hurt performance after prolonged activity.
If you are taking statins, CoQ10 can potentially help with power output. In a study of older athletes on statins, supplements of CoQ10 for six weeks resulted in an increase in leg strength in exercises that involved leg extensions.7
Overall, CoQ10 can be a vital part of an active lifestyle or effective exercise program, by helping to maintain energy levels, achieve optimal performance and recover more quickly from injury.
About the Author:
Julie Landry Laviolette is a longtime freelance journalist and marketing content writer who specializes in health and wellness topics for the Miami Herald. Follow her on Twitter at @JulieLavio or find her on LinkedIn.