Background: Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are central mechanisms underlying the aging process and the pathogenesis of many age-related diseases. Selected antioxidants and specific combinations of nutritional compounds could target many biochemical pathways that affect both oxidative stress and mitochondrial function and, thereby, preserve or enhance physical performance. Methodology/Principal Findings: In this study, we evaluated the potential anti-aging benefits of a Q-terH based nutritional mixture (commercially known as EufortynH) mainly containing the following compounds: terclatrated coenzyme Q10 (QterH), creatine and a standardized ginseng extract. We found that EufortynH supplementation significantly ameliorated the age-associated decreases in grip strength and gastrocnemius subsarcolemmal mitochondria Ca2+ retention capacity when initiated in male Fischer344 x Brown Norway rats at 21 months, but not 29 months, of age. Moreover, the increases in muscle RNA oxidation and subsarcolemmal mitochondrial protein carbonyl levels, as well as the decline of total urine antioxidant power, which develop late in life, were mitigated by EufortynH supplementation in rats at 29 months of age. Conclusions/Significance: These data imply that EufortynH is efficacious in reducing oxidative damage, improving the agerelated mitochondrial functional decline, and preserving physical performance when initiated in animals at early midlife (21 months). The efficacy varied, however, according to the age at which the supplementation was provided, as initiation in late middle age (29 months) was incapable of restoring grip strength and mitochondrial function. Therefore, the EufortynH supplementation may be particularly beneficial when initiated prior to major biological and functional declines that appear to occur with advancing age.

Beneficial effects of a Q-ter based nutritional mixture on functional performance, mitochondrial function and oxidative stress in rats

LEZZA, Angela Maria Serena;
2010

Abstract

Background: Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are central mechanisms underlying the aging process and the pathogenesis of many age-related diseases. Selected antioxidants and specific combinations of nutritional compounds could target many biochemical pathways that affect both oxidative stress and mitochondrial function and, thereby, preserve or enhance physical performance. Methodology/Principal Findings: In this study, we evaluated the potential anti-aging benefits of a Q-terH based nutritional mixture (commercially known as EufortynH) mainly containing the following compounds: terclatrated coenzyme Q10 (QterH), creatine and a standardized ginseng extract. We found that EufortynH supplementation significantly ameliorated the age-associated decreases in grip strength and gastrocnemius subsarcolemmal mitochondria Ca2+ retention capacity when initiated in male Fischer344 x Brown Norway rats at 21 months, but not 29 months, of age. Moreover, the increases in muscle RNA oxidation and subsarcolemmal mitochondrial protein carbonyl levels, as well as the decline of total urine antioxidant power, which develop late in life, were mitigated by EufortynH supplementation in rats at 29 months of age. Conclusions/Significance: These data imply that EufortynH is efficacious in reducing oxidative damage, improving the agerelated mitochondrial functional decline, and preserving physical performance when initiated in animals at early midlife (21 months). The efficacy varied, however, according to the age at which the supplementation was provided, as initiation in late middle age (29 months) was incapable of restoring grip strength and mitochondrial function. Therefore, the EufortynH supplementation may be particularly beneficial when initiated prior to major biological and functional declines that appear to occur with advancing age.
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