I tell people about Ubiquinol whenever the topic of conversation turns to heart health. Most people have heard of CoQ10, which is the oxidized form of Ubiquinol, but few have heard of Ubiquinol despite the fact that it's such an important nutrient for your health. So why haven't you heard of it? Until recently, Ubiquinol was a seldom-discussed nutrient. Doctors and pharmacists may have known about it, and its ability to counter some of the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, but it certainly wasn't common knowledge.
Although Ubiquinol is a common nutrient in our bodies, it probably hasn’t come up during dinner conversation because Ubiquinol wasn’t available in supplement form until recently. Doctors and scholars have known about the importance of Ubiquinol since the late 1950s, but this nutrient wasn’t commercially available until a few years ago when the Japan-based Kaneka was able to stabilize Ubiquinol in supplement form. You’ve seen Vitamins D, E and every B under the sun while browsing the supplement aisle at your grocery store, but Ubiquinol only showed up on shelves in recent years, and is often labeled as “CoQ10 Ubiquinol.” If you've heard of CoQ10, you’re already halfway familiar with Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is the reduced, active antioxidant form of Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10), which your body naturally produces then converts into Ubiquinol to use in the cellular energy production process. Ubiquinol is also the strongest lipid-soluble antioxidant available, which protects the body’s cells from the oxidative stress associated with aging and many age-related conditions.
People have been taking CoQ10 supplements for more than 30 years to support heart health. Maybe you or someone you know has made CoQ10 a part of their daily vitamin and supplement intake for years. Study after study has shown that a Ubiquinol supplememnt is actually more effective than a CoQ10 supplement because the conversion from CoQ10 to Ubiquinol has already been done for you. Every study to date demonstrates that individuals can more easily absorb Ubiquinol than conventional CoQ10 supplements. Another reason you maybe have never heard about Ubiquinol is that it’s generally not an issue until you start getting older. Healthy people in their 20s usually produce all the Ubiquinol they need to function at optimal levels.
As we get into our 30s, our bodies begin to produce less CoQ10 and become less efficient at converting CoQ10 to Ubiquinol. Taking Ubiquinol can help restore healthy levels of CoQ10 in plasma and organs, as well as boost energy, stamina and overall health. Ubiquinol’s antioxidant properties provide heart protection, improve the overall health of your cardiovascular system, and can 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’s role in cellular energy production also supports better brain, kidney and liver function. Because Ubiquinol is a key component in about 95 percent of the body’s energy production, taking Ubiquinol can increase and improve your energy levels. Ubiquinol is also the most powerful known lipid-soluble antioxidant and provides antioxidant support that CoQ10 cannot.
Maybe you’re only now hearing about Ubiquinol because you’ve recently started taking a new medication, and your doctor dropped the term in casual conversation. A host of medications can affect your body’s ability to produce CoQ10 and, therefore, Ubiquinol: Diabetes and cancer medications, cholesterol-reducing statins and fibrates and even drugs as common as antacids, antidepressants and some antibiotics can all deplete your body’s reserves of both CoQ10 and Ubiquinol.
So, if you’re just now hearing about Ubiquinol, that's understandable. There are many reasons why you might not have heard about this important nutrient or its supplement form. Now that you have heard about Ubiquinol, it’s important to learn more about why you should incorporate a Ubiquinol supplement into your daily health routine. Visit our Questions for Your Doctor page to download a list of questions for your next check-up, and learn if Ubiquinol is right for you.
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