What is ubiquinol?
Ubiquinol is a compound naturally formed in the body that plays a key role in the conversion of the food you eat into energy.** It is responsible for the energy production that occurs in the mitochondria, the engine of the cell. That means it is particularly important in parts of the body that use a lot of energy, like your heart, vital organs and muscles.**
Why should I take ubiquinol?
The body’s production of ubiquinol can decline due to a number of factors, including aging. Blood levels of ubiquinol decline, and with the years can fall dramatically to levels where proper production of energy is potentially compromised.
What is the difference between ubiquinol and Coenzyme Q-10?
Ubiquinol and Coenzyme Q-10 are two versions of the same molecule and both function in the production of energy; however, taking the ubiquinol version is beneficial for a number of reasons. First, it is the already active, preferred form in the blood, meaning that the body has to work less hard to utilize it and can transport it faster than Coenzyme Q-10. Second, unlike Coenzyme Q-10, ubiquinol acts as an antioxidant in areas of the body where most other antioxidants do not, including in the mitochondria, which produces lots of free radicals. Ubiquinol is the “next generation” Coenzyme Q-10.
I’ve heard that people taking statin medications to lower cholesterol should also take ubiquinol. Is this true?
Statin medications are so effective because they shut off the body’s production of cholesterol. Unfortunately, they also shut off the production of Coenzyme Q-10/ubiquinol. Therefore those on statin medications long term may have suboptimal levels in the body. This is why it is often recommended that ubiquinol be taken in conjunction with statins. (Coenzyme Q-10/Ubiquinol is not intended to serve as a replacement for Statin therapy, nor should you discontinue taking any prescribed medication while supplementing with Co Q-10/Ubiquinol.)
How much ubiquinol should I take?
A higher level (200-300 mg) may be used for the first 3 weeks to bring the body up to speed and then the daily amount can be reduced to 100-200 mg per day. Always consult a healthcare practitioner when adding ubiquinol to your regimen, particularly if you are also taking medications.
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