Ubiquinol: An important supplement

The dietary supplement market is booming. Supplement advertising would have us believe that we won't survive to the next day if we don't start taking them immediately. The situation is overwhelming to the average health-conscious consumer, because on the one hand we want to do anything possible to stay fit through old age, while on the other hand we don't know what is really good and conversely what might even be harmful.

Basically, blood levels of vitamins and minerals should be tested as much as possible before starting any supplementation. However, there do exist substances whose intake is recommended almost wholly restriction, at least starting from a certain age. One of these substances is ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10.

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No energy production without coenzyme Q10

The body naturally produces coenzyme Q10 in every body cell. Coenzyme Q10 is key to energy production and provides 95 percent of our total body energy. A deficiency of this enzyme represents a risk in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Studies show that, for example, the severity of heart failure correlates directly with the severity of ubiquinol deficiency. A deficiency of coenzyme Q10 can therefore drastically impair health.

At the same time, coenzyme Q10 is the most powerful of the fat-soluble antioxidants and protects cells from free radical damage. Without coenzyme Q10, the body cannot exist. From the age of 40, the body's ability to form coenzyme Q10 and convert it into the active form ubiquinol decreases: A 40 year old has 30 percent less ubiquinol in the heart muscle than a 20 year old. This has consequences. A drop in the ubiquinol level is accompanied by such diseases as cardiovascular, vascular, diabetes, nerve and liver, and also accelerates the aging process rapidly.

Taking 50 to 100 mg of ubiquinol daily can counteract these developments, allowing an optimal ubiquinol blood level with all its benefits to be achieved in a short period of time. Ubiquinol has an 800 percent higher bioavailability than conventional coenzyme Q10. That is why I recommend taking ubiquinol instead of coenzyme Q10, because ubiquinol exists already the active form that is immediately made available to the cell. Scientific studies have shown that ubiquinol rises immediately in blood levels and remains high over a longer period of time than coenzyme Q10.

Health benefits of ubiquinol

- Increases energy production in all body cells
- Strengthens heart and kidney function
- Slows the aging process
- Increases sperm count and improves sperm mobility
- Offers the most powerful of fat-soluble antioxidants against free radicals
- Regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamin C and E

Ubiquinol: Key to a healthy heart

Studies have shown that a deficiency in coenzyme Q10 can be particularly detrimental to heart health. The heart is the organ in the body that needs the most energy, and therefore is directly dependent on coenzyme Q10. In fact, 75 percent of all patients with heart disease also suffer from a coenzyme Q10 deficiency. Taking ubiquinol can quickly replenish the body's coenzyme Q10 storage to strengthen the heart and protect it from diseases.

Cholesterol-lowering coenzyme Q10

Many people have elevated cholesterol levels and therefore take cholesterol-reducing medications as prescribed by their doctors. Yet these cholesterol-lowering agents, known as statins, reduce the levels of coenzyme Q10 and ubiquinol in the body's cells, which then leads to heart and muscle weakness and a lack of energy. Taking ubiquinol counteracts these developments and reduces the unwanted side effects of statins. Other drugs that also reduce coenzyme Q10 levels include gastric acid blockers, blood thinners, blood pressure drugs, ACE (hypertension) inhibitors, diuretics, and antidepressants, to name a few.

Ubiquinol promotes fertility

Not only older people benefit from ubiquinol supplementation. Men with fertility problems should have their coenzyme Q10 levels tested. Often a low sperm count can cause male infertility. A recent study showed that ubiquinol can significantly increase sperm count. Sixty men between the ages of 20 and 40 received 150 mg ubiquinol daily for 6 months. The study showed that sperm count increased by 53 percent and sperm motility by 26 percent.


Ubiquinol ranks as one of most recommended dietary supplements, at least for those over 40. Ubiquinol, the active form of coenzyme Q10, should be chosen instead of coenzyme Q10 for better absorption.

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