What are the health and anti-aging benefits of ubiquinol?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
Naturally produced in our bodies, ubiquinol is an active form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which has been shown to have quite powerful antioxidant potential. First discovered in the 1950s, CoQ10 is known to help many of the diseases associated with aging. Although CoQ10 can be found in foods such as meat and fish, its content in them is very low.

In our practice, we have found clear benefits supplementing with ubiquinol for issues of heart disease, blood pressure, gum and oral health, and even nervous system challenges.

Every cell in the body is in the business of producing energy to keep you vital and healthy. The energy each cell produces is in the form of a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This ATP is made in the "energy powerhouse" of the cell called the mitochondria. Ubiquinol has been shown to promote ATP production in the mitochondrial inner membrane.

From moment to moment, we are burning energy and aging. As a result, free radicals are produced in our body which will damage all cells, including vessel walls, nerve tissue, and the linings of our organs. Also, environmental toxins that enter into our body can also cause damage and increase oxidant levels allowing a further break down of our body's cells and repair mechanisms.

Ubiquinol does not only help support your body's energy production, but it also is considered one of the strongest antioxidants available. It has the ability to protect your body's cells from damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals by sopping up the oxidants causing the damage. Removing oxidant attack allows your body to repair and restore health.

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