Scientists Show Increase Of Key Nutrient For Energy Production In Horse Muscle

Scientists Show Increase Of Key Nutrient For Energy Production In Horse Muscle

New research published last week by scientists at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Irish equine science company Plusvital has demonstrated that prolonged supplementation with the compound Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increases CoQ10 content in the skeletal muscle of horses which may result in more efficient energy production.

Building on earlier research from the same research team the study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition found CoQ10, a key nutrient in energy production, increased in skeletal muscle by 65% following nine weeks of oral supplementation. This increase may result in a more efficient production of energy, a delayed onset of fatigue and enhanced recovery following exercise.

Plusvital has been a leader in equine nutrition since its formation in 1975, growing out of Ireland’s world-famous racing and sport horse tradition. Following earlier research that found differences in CoQ10 activity in muscle from horses with a greater genetic propensity for aerobic exercise, Plusvital developed the world’s first nutrigenomic supplement for horses, EnerGene-Q10.[vc_single_image image=”17421″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]

Notable Successes

EnerGene-Q10 contains a highly bioavailable form of CoQ10 and has already powered some notable successes, including the 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare, trained by Plusvital customer Danny O’Brien.

Commenting on this new research, lead researcher on the scientific paper Professor Lisa Katz, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “This research demonstrates the impact that oral supplementation with CoQ10 may have on a horse’s performance and recovery”

Also commenting on Plusvital’s latest publication, Ciara Watt Plusvital’s General Manager for Nutraceuticals said: “Our customers have already seen the benefits of EnerGene-Q10 and we look forward to powering many more successful winners in the future”.

Plusvital EnerGene-Q10, along with the rest of the Plusvital range, can now be purchased through the company’s online store at, with free shipping for all Republic of Ireland orders until the end of April.

The study was funded by Enterprise Ireland.

Learn more about Plusvital’s scientifically-based range of supplements here.

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