Ubiquinol: the Amazing New CoQ10
CoQ10 has been around for a long time but recently a new form of CoQ10 has become available. You might wonder why this is a big deal; what makes uniquinol different from CoQ10?
Research has been conducted for decades attempting to stave off the damaging effects of aging; not merely for cosmetic purposes but for health related reasons. Something that science has come to understand is that CoQ10 is essential to help moderate the aging process.
In order to understand the importance of CoQ10 and ubiquinol it is helpful to understand a bit about free radicals. Research proves that free radicals are the cause of many harmful effects of the aging process. Free radicals are highly reactive oxygen atoms that are deficient in electrons. The rules of chemistry tell us that when an atom is deficient in electrons, it becomes unstable and searches for electrons with which to stabilize itself; hence a “free” radical. The production of free radicals becomes more of a detriment as you age since these electron deficient atoms are damaging to body tissue. Science has known for some time that if a way to limit or neutralize free radicals could be found, the aging process could be mitigated.
CoQ10 is that answer. CoQ10 is a nutrient that is capable of limiting the production of free radicals. Depending on your age, you may need CoQ10 which is an oxidized formula or ubiquinol which is a reduced formula of COQ10. The actual form of CoQ10 that your body needs to limit free radical production is in the reduced form, ubiquinol. As you age the body loses it capacity to convert the oxidized CoQ10 to the ubiquinol. For those over the age of 25 ubiquinol is the form you should be taking to get the maximum effects. Some reports seem to indicate that decreasing levels of CoQ10 becomes evident in the early 20’s.
Another duty of CoQ10 is to boost cellular energy production levels. CoQ10 is influential in producing ATP (adenosine triphosphate), an energy form aptly termed as “currency for all your cells.” But again, if over age 25, your body needs the reduced form of CoQ10 (ubiquinol) to effectively produce ATP.
We all face the same dilemma as we age; our body levels of CoQ10 continuously decrease. As well as the level of CoQ10 decreasing, the body’s ability to convert CoQ10 to unbiquinol also decreases. As you age it therefore becomes increasingly difficult for the body to produce adequate amounts of ubiquinol due to such factors as:
- Oxidative stress
- Increase in metabolic demand
- Inadequate intake of dietary CoQ10
- Possible effects of disease and illness
- Gene changes related to age
- Deficiency of any factors necessary for ubiquinol conversion and biosynthesis
- Combination of any of these factors
Uniquinol is now available on the market, so no more relying on your body to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol. Plasma of healthy humans shows that over 90% of CoQ10 is present as ubiquinol. Remember, as you age your body is less able to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol form. So why not simply use ubiquinol and avoid the conversion step?