During each race a lot of energy gets expended and it is very important for the sportsmen to allow themselves a quick recovery. On a sub-cellular level one of the most important problems becomes Coenzyme Q10 deficiency. During physical exertion muscles need higher amounts of CoQ10. If it is added to the diet during such moments it provides additional muscle strength and power.
In the university of Bologna, Italy, they had a group of runners run until they got completely exhausted on a treadmill. Following that they gave each runner a 100mg of Coenzyme Q10 daily while the control group received a placebo. In the repetition of the run, the group that took CoQ10 managed to run 12% longer and 8% farther per average compared to the control group.
The addition of Coenzyme Q10 to the diet enhances the organism’s endurance regardless of physical exercise. A group of healthy college students each received 60mg of CoQ10 daily for 8 weeks without changing their current lifestyle with minimal physical activity. As a result, their average physical endurance increased by 28%.
High achieving athletes use from 12 to 20 times more oxygen than people leading a sedentary life. During intense physical activity the amount of free radicals increases manifold. This is yet another reason for active sportsmen to take Coenzyme Q10 – besides helping the recuperation of the cells’ energy storage it is also a powerful antioxidant.
Since with age the quantity of CoQ10 quickly decreases the Colgan Institute for Health and Performance advises the diet of all sportsmen to contain 30-60mg of CoQ10 daily.
Dr. Michael Colgan and His Institute
One of the world’s biggest authorities on the topic of Coenzyme Q10 is Michael Colgan – the director of the Colgan Institute for Health and Performance established in 1974 in San Diego, California, dedicated to the connection between nutrition, sports and aging. He has international acclaim and is the author of numerous scientific articles in most of the leading sports publications in the world as well as textbooks and books for the wider audience. He conducts lectures worldwide and has taught thousands of sportsmen how to become champions.
Dr. Colgan teaches medicine in the Rockefeller university in New York and is an honourable member of the University of Oakland, New Zealand. He is also a consultant to the government of New Zealand and to the American National Institute of Gerontology. He is a member of the American Association of Sports Medicine, in the New York Academy of Sciences and the British Society of Nutrition.
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