question to ask your doctor about supplements

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Supplements

We know that every day you are bombarded with new health information. Eat this. Don’t eat that. This is good for you. Now it’s bad for you. So we understand that you already have a long list of health questions to ask your doctor. But whether you’re seeing your physician for a routine annual checkup or to treat a specific issue, take a moment to ask about Ubiquinol: What it is, why it's important for your health, and how to make sure you’re getting enough. Before you go to your doctor’s office, download our doctor's fact sheet with a list questions to ask your doctor about Ubiquinol. You can print it out and take it with you, or save it to your smartphone for easy access. 

What is Ubiquinol? Many people have heard about Coenzyme Q10, but fewer seem to know about Ubiquinol, which is the active form of CoQ10. It’s an essential nutrient and important to our cardiovascular, neurological and liver health. Ubinquinol is CoQ10 that your body has converted for use in the cellular energy production process. Ubiquinol is also the strongest lipid-soluble antioxidant available, which protects the body’s cells from oxidative stress associated with the aging process and many age-related conditions.

What can Ubiquinol do for me?

The list is long, and your doctor will be able to go over all the benefits of taking a Ubiquinol supplement. Studies show Ubiquinol is important for your body on multiple levels. It is a natural supplement that helps restore healthy levels of CoQ10 in plasma and organs, as well as boosing energy, stamina and overall health. First and foremost, Ubiquinol helps maintain and promote cardiovascular health. It supports the health of your heart and vascular system, and can also help maintain normal blood pressure levels. Of all the body's organs, the heart requires the most energy to perform at an optimal level. Ubiquinol is essential for hearth health because it provides cellular energy to the heart. Ubiquinol in supplement form is more easily absorbed and ready to use compared to supplements with conventional CoQ10.

Why should I take a Ubiquinol supplement?

Your doctor will be able to give you more details, but the simple answer is aging. Healthy 20-year-olds produce all the CoQ10 their bodies need, and those 20-year-old bodies easily convert that CoQ10 into Ubiquinol. As we get older, our bodies are less able to produce CoQ10 and less efficient at converting it into Ubiquinol. Taking a Ubiquinol supplement can help. Research shows that taking Ubiquinol is likely more beneficial than taking Coenzyme Q10 supplements for anyone over the age of 30 because the conversion from CoQ10 to Ubiquinol has already been done outside the body. The Ubiquinol is ready for immediate use by the body. Studies consistently show that Ubiquinol is more absorbable by the body than conventional CoQ10. Your doctor can explain what factors play a role in your body's ability to produce and convert CoQ10 and why taking a Ubiquinol supplement may be right for you.

Can I just eat more of a certain kind of food to get more Ubiquinol?

There are many foods that contain varying amounts of Ubiquinol. Increasing your intake of essential nutrients through diet is always a great idea. Unfortunately, you would have to eat an unhealthy amount of Ubiquinol-dense foods to get the recommended daily intake. Ubiquinol is naturally found in higher levels in oily fish, whole grains and organ meats, but even the most Ubiquinol-dense food sources contain very little Ubiquinol. For example, you would have to eat 3.5 pounds of peanuts every day to ingest 100 mg of Ubiquinol. 3.5 pounds of peanuts come in at roughly 8,900 calories, which is much more than the recommended daily 2,000 calories for an average adult.

I take medication daily. Can I still take Ubiquinol?

This is an important question that only your doctor can answer. For more than 30 years, people have taken CoQ10 supplements to increase the level of Ubiquinol in their bodies. Certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs can decrease the amount of available CoQ10 in your body. Cholesterol-reducing statin drugs, estrogen hormones, and acid-reflux medication have all been demonstrated to rob your body of Ubiquinol and other essential nutrients. Your doctor may suggest that you take a Ubiquinol supplement to counteract possible side effects of medication.

Where can I buy Ubiquinol?

You’ve asked your doctor the important questions and your physician recommends that you add a Ubiquinol supplement to your diet. The next step is easy. There are hundreds of vitamin and supplement manufactures that produce high-quality Ubiquinol supplement products. They are available at most grocery stores, vitamin shops, pharmacies and online vitamin suppliers. Ubiquinol is often labeled as “CoQ10 Ubiquinol” and is typically stocked in the same area as conventional CoQ10 supplements. To learn more about the available Ubiquinol products and brands, visit our Buyer’s Guide.

Ron Martin

Director of Marketing

Ron Martin is the Director of Marketing at Kaneka Ubiquinol. Ron’s dedication to lifelong learning and belief that “one cannot know too much” inspired a decades-long career centered around educating the public about health.

This article is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to be used as or substituted for medical advice.  Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health care provider with any questions about your health or a medical condition.  Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have read on the internet.