Ubiquinol – your ageing ally!
Written By Lisa Crawford Jones
Imagine if there was a supplement that could help increase your vitality and stamina, giving you a new lease on life?
Ageing, day-to-day living and exposure to free radicals damage our cells. Ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is the strongest known lipid-soluble antioxidant and it may help fight against the free radicals and oxidative stress that destroys our cells.
As well as converting food into energy, ubiquinol fundamentally influences the ageing process, helping to fight the causes like free radicals and the oxidative stress that occurs due to bad diet, smoking, pollution, and ill health. It’s a naturally-occurring nutrient found in nearly every cell of our body and a vital component in the production of energy in our cells.
As we get older, our ubiquinol levels decline, meaning we’re less equipped to fight these free radicals and we become more vulnerable to age-related illnesses. Without proper levels of ubiquinol in plasma or tissues, our bodies produce less cellular energy and lack a strong defense against oxidative stress.
We become more susceptible to disease and illness, such as heart disease and diabetes. Our bodies use more energy to either fight off or prevent these diseases, which further drains the amount our body has available. This can lead to tiredness, brain fog and an inability to recover well after exercise.
Our body’s ubiquinol production occurs from early childhood up until our mid- to late 20s. By the time we hit 30 years old, it begins to decline. While ubiquinol is found in whole grains, red and organ meat, fish and vegetables such as broccoli, as we age we couldn’t eat enough of these foods to receive a sufficient daily dose. Clinical trials are now showing numerous benefits to taking it in supplement form for energy production and as a powerful antioxidant.
Many people who take ubiquinol supplements report increased stamina and energy.
Supplements can help maintain the energy levels needed to support cardiovascular and neurological health and promote anti-aging. The increased cell energy production boosts the cardiovascular system and promotes blood circulation.
Many studies have reviewed ubiquinol’s antioxidant properties to understand how it can reverse the ageing process and many age-related conditions.
Here are seven reasons to give it a try:
Promotes healthy hearts
Ubiquinol is the heart’s energy source. In a study with patients with advanced congestive heart failure, ubiquinol increased the strength of the heart and its ability to pump blood by up to 17 percent, significantly improving their quality of life.
It’s also proving promising as an additional therapy for people with cardiac complaints as well as those taking statins. While statins are commonly prescribed for cholesterol issues, they can induce myopathy, a condition featuring muscle tension, weakness, and pain. One study found taking statins and ubiquinol together reduced muscle pain by up to 54 percent and muscle weakness by 44 percent.
Supports healthy cholesterol levels
Ubiquinol helps maintain healthy LDL cholesterol levels in healthy people. A study on the effect of ubiquinol supplementation on lipoprotein cholesterol plasma levels found both a reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an increase in CoQ10 levels for each person.
It helps soak up oxidative stress and free radicals that destroy cells. Ubiquinol’s antioxidant properties elevate weakened immune systems, protecting your body for optimal health.
Turbocharge your cells
Ubiquinol helps your body’s cells convert food into energy and is particularly useful for the organs requiring the most energy, such as the heart, kidney, liver, and muscles.
Improves athletic performance
There’s evidence demonstrating ubiquinol helps support energy production when used by patients undergoing increased sports activity. A double blind-placebo study with 100 young German athletes training for the 2012 Olympic Games showed a 2.5 percent improvement in physical performance with ubiquinol supplementation.
Research shows the body can absorb ubiquinol five to eight times more readily than supplemental CoQ10. As a fat-soluble substance, it’s better absorbed when taken with meals full of healthy fats.
Supports and protects skin
In the skin, CoQ10 is mainly to be found in the epidermis where it helps form a barrier to oxidative assault. One small study suggests oral supplements may be as effective as topical applications for reducing wrinkle severity.