Study Title:

Q10 Improves Subjective Sense of Vigor in Exercising Men

Study Abstract

In order to determine the effect of oral Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) dosing on exercise capacity, 15 middle-aged men (44.7 +/- 2.0 years) received either CoQ10 (150 mg/day x 2 months-Q10 GRP) or placebo (2 months-CON GRP). Blood CoQ10 levels increased (p < 0.05) during the treatment in the Q10 GRP (Pre = 0.72 +/- 0.06, 2 months = 1.08 +/- 0.14 micrograms/ml) and were unchanged in the CON GRP (Pre = 0.91 +/- 0.05, 2 month = 0.69 +/- 0.05 microgram/ml). Similarly, the subjective perception of vigor (visual analog scale 1-10 where, 10 = very energetic, and 0 = very, very unenergetic) increased (p < 0.05) in the Q10 GRP (Pre = 5.73 +/- 0.35, 2 month = 6.64 +/- 0.45). However, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max Pre = 2.97 +/- 0.18, 2 month = 3.05 +/- 0.15 l/min) and lactate threshold (LT Pre = 2.04 +/- 0.12, 2 month = 2.08 +/- 0.12 l/min), as measured on the cycle ergometer, were unchanged as a result of the CoQ10 treatment, Neither forearm oxygen uptake, nor forearm blood flow was found to be affected by the CoQ10. Although lactate release during hand-grip testing tended to decrease in the Q10 GRP (Pre = 227 +/- 49, 2 month = 168.3 +/- 40 mumole/min) this was not significant (p > 0.05). It can be concluded that short-term (2 months) oral dosing with CoQ10 increases circulating blood levels of CoQ10 and the subjective perceived level of vigor in middle-aged men. However, short-term dosing does not improve aerobic capacity or firearm exercise metabolism as measured in this investigation.

Study Information

Porter DA, Costill DL, Zachwieja JJ, Krzeminski K, Fink WJ, Wagner E, Folkers K.
The effect of oral coenzyme Q10 on the exercise tolerance of middle-aged, untrained men.
Int J Sports Med
1995 October
Wright State University, Department of Orthopedics, Dayton, OH 45509, USA.

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