Get the lowdown on the multitude of health benefits that Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10 and one of the vital nutrients in our body, has to offer. Ubiquinol is considered to be one of the essential enzymes our body needs in order to function properly. So why exactly is Ubiquinol so important? What should everyone really know about Ubiquinol?
What is the difference between CoQ10 and Ubiquinol?
Coenzyme Q10, commonly referred to as CoQ10, is a nutrient that is produced within the body and is found in every body cell. There are two forms of CoQ10; the inactive form and the active form, known as Ubiquinol, which is the major form of CoQ10 that naturally occurs in the body. Ubiquinol makes up more than 95% of the total CoQ10 in the body of a healthy individual. Ubiquinol is three to eight times more absorbable and is therefore the most effective form of CoQ10.
Super antioxidant power
CoQ10 in the Ubiquinol form is one of the strongest naturally occurring antioxidants in the body that functions by helping to defend against oxidation and free radical activity that occurs in all cells. Oxidation and free radical damage may interfere with the normal functioning of cells, therefore antioxidants are essential in the body to minimise this change in cells and help stop the chain reaction that free radicals have started. It is important to get plenty of antioxidants in the diet because your body is not likely to produce enough antioxidants for optimal health.
Supports healthy ageing
Studies have shown that as we age, the ability of our body to produce CoQ10 declines, and the ability of our body to efficiently convert CoQ10 to Ubiquinol is also diminished. In addition to this, the free radical activity and oxidative stress that occurs in our body from normal metabolism, even in healthy individuals, increases as we get older. One of the main roles of antioxidants in the body is to help combat free radical activity and oxidative stress, therefore, requirements for antioxidants like Ubiquinol may increase to help minimise the activity that may impair normal functioning of cells.
Powers your body
Ubiquinol is a criticial component of energy production for every cell of your body, therefore it is concentrated in organs that require the most energy, such as the heart, liver, muscles and kidneys. Because of its role in promoting energy production, Ubiquinol is important for normal metabolism in the body, including the breakdown of sugars, fats and proteins from food to be used in the body as energy. Ubiquinol has also been shown to help enhance physical performance by promoting energy production in the body, including the heart and muscles.
Supports heart health
Because of the high energy requirement of the heart, Ubiquinol is very important for heart health. It is important for the heart to have a consistent flow of optimal energy in order to function efficiently, therefore Ubiquinol is supportive of overall heart health. It has also been shown that heart disease may suppress levels of Ubiquinol in the body, highlighting a correlation between health conditions and depleted Ubiquinol levels in the body.
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By Stephen Eddey, a qualified nutritionist and naturopath, and is the principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science.