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Ubiquinol: Your Natural Energy Provider

Providing Energy and Fighting Aging

Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 (ubiquinone) and is required for mitochondrial synthesis (ATP). ATP is critical to your health. When you think ATP - think energy! It gets your cellular metabolism going and without it, your cells wouldn't be able to function, reproduce or repair themselves.

Your body converts the oxidized form ubiquinone and changes it to the reduced form, ubiquinol, to provide energy to your cells and fight aging.

It's named ubiquinol because it's ubiquitous (found everywhere in your body like your cells and tissue). While it acts much like a vitamin and can be synthesized in the membranes of your cells, ubiquinol is also one of the strongest antioxidants available.

Ubiquinol is a fat-soluble molecule which means it's stored in the liver and fatty tissue and it provides energy to every cell in the body. Beef and chicken are the primary dietary sources of CoQ10, but most diets do not provide enough CoQ10 and supplementation is recommended.

Your body naturally produces and metabolizes coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) but as you age, many factors contribute to its decline. After age 30, it's best to take CoQ10 in the absorbable ubiquinol form.

Health Benefits of Ubiquinol:

  • Increased cellular energy
  • Cardiovascular and cognitive help
  • Blood pressure support
  • Oral health
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Renal disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Protection from free radicals
  • Promotes healthy blood circulation
  • Exercise recovery
  • Saliva production
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Supports healthy immune system
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Stabilizing glucose levels in diabetics
  • Hinders dementia progression
  • Protects organs from chemotherapy toxicity
  • Male infertility

Medical Issues Linked to CoQ10 deficiency

There are many things that can contribute to a deficiency including a genetic condition, but the largest contributor to a CoQ10 deficiency is statin drugs. (See other drugs below that can interfere with coQ10 production.) Other causes may include poor diet, oxidative stress, sickness and disease, or increased metabolic demand. The end result is poor cellular energy and protection from free radicals.

CoQ10 deficiency may play a part in

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Heart conditions
  • Periodontal disease
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Migraines
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood sugar levels
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Male infertility

Drugs that hinder production of CoQ10:

  • Statins
  • Beta-blockers
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Tolazamide for blood sugar control
  • Major tranquilizers

Drug interactions with CoQ10: Warfarin.

Quick Facts

  • Ubiquinol, or CoQ10, helps increase your cellular energy
  • It helps convert energy from carbohydrates and fats into ATP, your body's common energy 'currency'
  • It is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance found in every cell of your body -- it is ubiquitous
  • Ubiquinol is primarily viewed as a cardiovascular protective nutrient
  • It may help protect against neurodegenerative conditions, migraines and high blood pressure
  • It may also help stop your brain from aging
  • CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, helping block the damaging effects of free radicals
  • As you get older, your body produces considerable less ubiquinol
  • Seafood is one of best dietary sources of CoQ10
  • Organ meats, vegetable oil and nuts are other rich sources