A new study shows higher levels of CoQ10 (Co Enzyme Q10), an antioxidant, in the blood may aid in reducing the severity of muscle damage seen in professional football players over 2 separate seasons.
Professional football players from the Spanish First League participated in this study. CQ1I0 levels in the blood in addition to stress levels, as measured by cortisol/testosterone and muscle damage, as measured by creatine kinase levels, were measured at three separate times, preterm, initial phase and mid phase. Physical activity during the matches was also recorded for players participating in complete matches.
Mid phase of competition, CoQ10 levels were higher in the second season in players who participated in complete matches. Additionally mid phase CoQ10 levels were higher in the second season compared to the first season. The highest levels of CoQ10 levels noted in the hardest phase of competition were linked to reductions in the levels of creatine kinase (which is a marker for muscle-damage) as well as for cortisol which is a marker of stress.
Plasma levels of Ubiquinol, CoQ10’s reduced from, were associated with better kidney function with high CoQ10 levels associated with higher muscle performance during matches.
Researchers concluded that maintaining high levels of plasma CoQ10 levels can help to prevent both muscle and kidney damage, promote higher physical ability and reduce stress. They also believe CQ10 could probably improve recovery after muscle damage and perhaps even after retirement from competition.
Further studies are needed.
Now a little more information about CoQ10:
Structurally related to Vitamin K, CoQ10 (Co Enzyme Q10) is not a vitamin. It is a coenzyme that helps to utilize oxygen as part of its important role in cellular energy metabolism. Research has also shown that CoQ10 functions in a number of other beneficial ways in the body. Here is a brief overview of these benefits:
CoQ10 is able to quench free radicals without itself becoming a free radical. This unique property is only shared by one other antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
Research has shown that CoQ10 promotes a healthy cardiovascular system including specific support for the hearth and healthy blood pressure levels.
Research has shown that some diabetic patients who use diet to control their blood sugar may have a deficiency of CoQ10, which may be further exacerbated by certain commonly used anti diabetic drugs. Such of deficiency of CoQ10 in the pancreas could impair aspects of energy metabolism and the biosynthesis in insulin.
Research indicates that CoQ10 helps to promote healthy gums. In Japan, over half the dentists recommend coQ10 supplements.
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