What is ubiquinol?
Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone or Coenzyme Q10? Are practically the same because ubiquinol this the active and high available form of CoQ10.
In the body the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 exists as ubiquinone that is converted to ubiquinol. Both form are essential, but ubiquinol has two benefits: 1. Is more bioavailable and 2. has a more potent antioxidant action in the body against free radicals.
Foods that contain coenzyme Q10 are soy, sardines, salmon, beef, pork meat, poultry, nuts, sesame, olive oil, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage and fruits.
Nutritional supplements with ubiquinol
Daily need can be covered through nutritional supplements, that are available in tablets, capsules and sofgels. QH – CF (Reduced CoQ10) are trade mark of the Japanese company Kaneka which produces high quality ubiquinol supplements.
Vitamin E, vitamin B6, alpha lipoic and selenium protect and enhance the action of ubiquinol. Also D-limonene is an antioxidant substance, often used in combination with ubiquinol.
In healthy individuals CoQ10 can be found in the heart, the liver, the kidney and the pancreas, due to their increased demands. As a co-enzyme is essential for many organs, for cellular energy, and for fighting free radicals in the body, as an antioxidant factor. The basic properties of ubiquinol are cellular energy production and heart protection.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Ubiquinol is essential for ATP cellular production and proper body energy levels. Is also beneficial those with chronic fatigue and for athletes with low energy and staminaThe intake of ubiquinol can help in both aerobic and anaerobic sports.
Ubiquinol can be beneficial in a great range of cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure, ischemic cardiac disease, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, angina, hypertention. In all those health states, coQ10 levels have been found to be low. Ubiquinol protects the cardiac muscle and the vessels. Reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol and support the recycle of vitamin E.
Also ubiquinol can restore depletion of co-enzyme Q10 deposit due to the intake of certain drugs for cholesterol lowering, such as statins.
Co enzyme Q10 supports the immune system, through its antioxidant action, and can enhance the release of antibodies and leukocytes.
Also increases energy levels in individuals with fatigue and stress, with a natural adaptogenic action. Studies have shown that the intake of ubiquinol can protect heart damaged that can be caused during chemotherapy.
There in recommended daily intake for ubiquinol. Therapeutic doses range from 100-600 mg daily.
The lack of coenzyme Q10 can occur due to inadequate nutrition, inadequate biosynthesis and increase use by the body. Also ageing, pollution, statins use and stress are factors that can lead to a lack of CoQ10.
About 75% of adults older than 50 years old are lacking this antioxidant enzyme, and this proportion is greater in the elderly and in individuals with cardiovascular problems.
Safety and Contraindications
Ubiquinol has not demonstrated any toxicity and is safe for long term use. Individuals with hypertention, those that take anticoagulants, or that attend chemotherapy or are about to attend a surgery must avoid the use of ubuquinol. Pregnant and lactating women, as well as children and adolescents must avoid the use of ubiquinol.