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The names of medications and supplements can be pretty confusing. How many times have you heard a commercial for a medication and thought the name sounded made-up, or even like a joke? Some supplements have such funny or confusing names it can be hard to take them seriously. It's possible you've even thought the same thing about Ubiquinol. But the name Ubiquinol isn’t actually that strange. It comes from the word “ubiquitous,” which means “existing or being everywhere at the same time,” and, as the name suggests, Ubiquinol should be – in fact, needs to be – ubiquitous throughout your body.

Study after study shows Ubiquinol is important to your health on multiple levels. Ubiquinol is a natural supplement that helps restore healthy levels of CoQ10 in plasma and organs, as well as boosting energy, stamina and overall health. Ubiquinol is the reduced, active antioxidant form of Coenzyme Q10, which your body naturally produces. Basically, 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.

Ubiquinol is a key component in about 95 percent of the body’s energy production, and taking a Ubiquinol supplement may help to improve your energy levels. Ubiquinol also provides antioxidant support that CoQ10 cannot. So, as it turns out, your body needs and uses Ubiquinol in pretty much all of its functions and processes. It helps your heart. It helps your liver. It helps your kidneys. It helps your brain. It helps your overall vascular system, your blood pressure and your energy levels. But despite Ubiquinol’s name – “existing or being everywhere at the same time” – the nutrient may not be ubiquitous in your body because your body may not be producing enough, or because medications you take can be depleting your body’s natural reserves of both CoQ10 and Ubiquinol.

Healthy 20-year-olds can produce all the CoQ10 their bodies need, and those 20-year-old bodies easily convert that CoQ10 into Ubiquinol. But as we age, our bodies are less able to produce CoQ10 and become less efficient at converting it into Ubiquinol. That’s why taking a Ubiquinol supplement is so important. Research shows that taking a Ubiquinol supplement 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 and it is ready for immediate use by the body.

Another reason you may need to take a Ubiquinol supplement is because other medications can actually deplete your body’s reserves of CoQ10 and Ubiquinol. Medications that can affect the body’s natural ability to produce CoQ10 include statin cholesterol-reducing drugs, estrogen hormones and diabetes medication, as well as common antacids, acid blockers, allergy medications and even some types of antibiotics. Your doctor may want you to start taking a Ubiquinol supplement to counteract the negative effects of medication on your body’s reserves of Ubiquinol.

So while it might sound funny, Ubiquinol is actually a very important nutrient for your health. And it's readily available at many retail locations. You can find Ubiquinol supplements at pharmacies, vitamin shops and in the health section of most grocery stores, typically stocked next to conventional CoQ10 supplements. You can also buy Ubiquinol from online vitamin suppliers. There are more than 80 brands of Ubiquinol supplements on the market, and Ubiquinol is often labeled as “CoQ10 Ubiquinol.”

Ubiquinol: A Strange Name for an Important Nutrient

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