Ubiquinol is something of a wonder molecule, and one of the most important and abundant in the human body — hence scientists’ choice to name the molecule after a word that means “widespread” and “pervasive.”
Now it is available as a supplement, and to help those who are new to what ubiquinol is and what it does, this guide gives a brief and detailed explanation of ubiquinol history, function and ubiquinol benefits.
History and Background
Ubiquinol was discovered alongside coenzyme Q10 in the 1950s. In fact, ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10. Ever since then there has been extensive research carried out with the aim of understanding ubiquinol’s function and role within the cells of the body. The first discovery showed the importance of ubiquinol in producing the energy cells need to function. The molecules have strong properties as an antioxidant, which keeps other important molecules, such as DNA, protected from damage.
In recent years, there has been much study into the many possible specific benefits of ubiquinol, with many of these studies signaling benefits for people with high blood pressure, LDL oxidation and atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease and fatigue.
Combating the Aging Process
In healthy young adults, there are abundant levels of ubiquinol in the body. As the body ages, its ability to synthesize and metabolize ubiquinol energy reduces. Due to the molecule’s importance as an antioxidant and its role in energy production, reduced levels pose the risk of oxidative stress and fatigue in older age groups. By middle age, it may be important to take ubiquinol supplements, as this replenishes levels of CoQ10 in the body back to healthy levels, boosting energy production and helping to promote general health and wellbeing. This also helps to combat oxidative stress and associated degenerative conditions.
Compatibility with the Body
As opposed to the supplement CoQ10, ubiquinol is highly absorbable and much more efficient at getting to where it is needed in the body. This means that people who used to take CoQ10 can now take ubiquinol at much lower doses and achieve the same effect.
Ubiquinol is finding a very specific function in medicine — to help increase levels of CoQ10 in the body after depletion. Statins are commonly used to lower cholesterol, but they are also linked to CoQ10 depletion, which can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems. This suggests that ubiquinol may be an important protective measure for people who take statins.
Use as a Supplement
Ubiquinol has been on the market as a health supplement for more than six years. Clinical safety tests of the supplement have shown no significant changes or negative effects. The close cousin, ubiquinone, has been on the market as a supplement for decades, and has been proven and demonstrated as a safe supplement with few reported side effects. Tolerability is also known to be very high. All in all, there are no more issues or concerns with ubiquinol than for any other established health supplement on the market, and it has many potential benefits.
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