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Ubiquinol in sport

We have spoken with Toscana Viar, who has a degree in Pharmacy, Diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, she is also Specialist in Sports Nutrition by the International Olympic Committee, and the founder and director of The Health Company (Getxo); Since 2008 she is also coordinator of the Nutrition work group and member of the Training Commission of the Official College of Pharmacists in Bilbao.

Ubiquinol is the reduced form of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is a lipid electron carrier that drives electrons from complex I, and complex II to complex III in the mitochondria respiratory chain, which is required for the synthesis of most of the ATP in cells. Deficiency of CoQ10 causes severe neuromuscular diseases particularly severe myopathies that courses with muscle damage that can reach rhabdomyolysis [1]. Professional football players have extreme physical activities during the season through the daily trainings but also by the regular games, which are really competitive and mainly when these players participate in different national and international leagues as it happens to Athletic Club Bilbao, Spanish First League Team.

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Supplementation with Ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10, can improve physical performance by influencing oxidative status and mitochondrial functionality

Most people know about Coenzyme Q10 though its use in anti-ageing creams and food supplements. The active and more easily assimilated form of Coenzyme Q10 is Ubiquinol. Products based on Coenzyme Q10 have been in the cosmetics market for some considerable time, and the European market is now seeing the emergence of Ubiquinol-based products to be taken orally. But the advantages of this substance, which sportsmen and women appreciate so much, are relatively little known in Europe.

As a food supplement, Ubiquinol provides numerous benefits. A scientific study describes the visible resorbance and quicker healing of micro-lesions of muscular tissue by daily doses of Ubiquinol-based food supplements. In another study, athletes taking Ubiquinol exhibited less signs of fatigue after training than members of a control group who had taken a placebo. Finally, it has also been proved that a single dose of Ubiquinol has a direct beneficial impact on sporting performance. With its specific anti-oxidant property, Ubiquinol not only protects cells from deterioration as it combats free radicals, but it also improves the appearance of the skin.