Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced in the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. The body uses CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, for cells to produce energy, cell growth and maintenance.
CoQ10 also functions as a powerful antioxidant helping to protect cardiovascular and skeletal muscle. While present in all cells, higher concentrations are found in organs that have higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver and heart.
CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age (starting as early as your late 20’s) and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, periodontal disease, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels, specifically statins (medications taken to lower cholesterol). The last statement is ironic as statins are marketed as the class of medications to reduce cardiovascular risk, yet they also reduce levels of CoQ10 a potent cardio-protective antioxidant!
Health Benefits of CoQ10/Ubiquinol:
1. Improve the health of cardiovascular muscle and function in maintaining blood pressure.
2. Reduce normal signs of aging
3. Increase energy levels on the cellular level
4. Improve immune and nervous system health
5. Potent antioxidant
Two main forms of CoQ10 supplements are available: CoQ10 and Ubiquinol. The main difference between the two is CoQ10 or Ubiquinone must be converted in the body to Ubiquinol in order for the body and cells to utilize it and obtain the health benefits. Ubiquinol is immediately available to cells in the active state allowing increased absorption, higher potency, and increased cellular energy as a result of the reduced, unoxidized form.
Bottom Line: CoQ10 or even better, Ubiquinol, is a valuable and safe antioxidant and coenzyme supplement for those looking to achieve optimal health, specifically cardiovascular health. For those taking statins, Ubiquinol is strongly recommended to counter lower levels as a result of the mediation.
The information provided in this post is for education only and is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor should it be used as a replacement for seeking medical treatment.
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