Some time ago I attended an interesting presentation by Sydney cardiologist Dr Ross Walker on heart health. I walked away with so much information, however the standout was his belief that every person over 40 should be supplementing with Ubiquinol which is a concentrated form of CoEnzyme Q10.
We have known for many years CoEnzyme Q10 otherwise known as CoQ10 is important for energy production for every cell in our body. In fact, it is commonly known as the ‘spark plug to our cells’.
CoQ10 is also believed to be an important supplement for heart health and it’s understood taking CoQ10 after a heart attack may help reduce the risk of future heart attacks. It has also been found that statins which are usually prescribed for cholesterol lowering, can decrease levels of CoQ10 in our heart. This then means we have an interesting situation whereby the statins prescribed to lower cholesterol to help prevent heart attacks, in turn deplete the level of CoQ10 in our heart which we now know is important for a healthy heart. A Catch 22 if ever there was one! It has also been found that muscle aches and weakness which are quite often side effects of taking a statin drug can also be helped by taking CoQ10. Dr Walker was insistent all patients taking statin drugs should be also be taking CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinol.
For many years we have been able to take a capsule containing CoQ010 and until a few years ago CoQ10 was only available in the form of Ubiquinone. It has since been found for CoQ10 to be most effective, our body needs to convert the Ubiqinone to Ubiquinol. Fortunately, CoQ10 is now available in the form of Ubiquinol.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to convert Ubiquinone to Ubiquinol effectively. It has now been found from the age of 25 it becomes more difficult to absorb CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinone and by the age of 40 it is strongly recommended to take Ubiquinol instead of the Ubiquinone form of CoQ10. By taking Ubiquinol we are effectively removing that initial ingestion process. Ubiquinol has far greater water solubility and much better absorption into the blood stream. It is thought when CoQ10 is ingested as Ubiquinol, the levels of CoQ10 in the blood may be up to eight times higher.
Supplementing with Ubiquinol is understood to also offer anti-aging benefits. Many anti-aging professionals consider enhancing our mitochondria to be extremely important in assisting in prolonging our lives. Ubiquinol is an important factor for the production of energy in our cells and without it we will negatively affect our mitochondrial function. It’s believed supplementing with Ubiquinol may help with prevention and treatment of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Stroke Recovery, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Some find Ubiquinol can help with treatment and prevention of migraines as there is a theory the underlying reason for migraines is a dysfunction of the mitochondria and Ubiquinol’s important role in maintaining healthy mitochondria may assist in treatment of migraines.
Dry mouth and gum disease is also believed to be helped by supplementing with Ubiquinol. It’s thought oxidative stress may contribute to dry mouth conditions. Oxidative damage can prevent salivary cells from producing enough chemical energy (ATP) to secrete adequate amounts of saliva and it is believed Ubiquinol’s ability to increase ATP production may in turn, increase saliva. People suffering from gum disease such as gingivitis, bleeding gums and periodontal disease may also be low in CoQ10.
If you want to know more about Ubiquinol or any other health issue call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, your health shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm on Go Get Healthy.