If you’ve been following news on antioxidants, you know there’s been a lot of press lately on which ones are worth taking.
While the jury may still be out on many of them, leading healthcare professionals, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Holly Lucille, N.D., Bryce Wylde, N.D., and Tasmeen Bhatia, M.D., agree that Ubiquinol, a natural converted form of CoQ10, is a pill worth swallowing for anyone over the age of 40. The topic was recently discussed on the “Dr. Oz Show,” in an episode that addressed the myths and truths surrounding the use of antioxidant supplements. The episode aired on Feb. 22, 2013.
Dr. Oz and other healthcare professionals explained how “this powerful antioxidant (Ubiquinol) may hold the secret to protecting your heart, revving your energy production and slowing the aging process.” On the program they also reiterated that Ubiquinol is “being recognized all across the medical community, from traditional doctors to alternative health practitioners,” as a supplement essential for overall health.
What is Ubiquinol and CoQ10?
Ubiquionol is the pre-converted form of CoQ10, produced naturally by our bodies. CoQ10 is found in every cell in your body. Ubiquinol is the form of CoQ10 your body actively uses for energy production and antioxidant protection. Your body uses that energy for cell growth and maintenance.
There have been many studies on CoQ10 suggesting that it can help heart failure, muscular dystrophy, periodontal disease and even cancer, according to WebMD.
A study done in 1961 found that people with cancer had little CoQ10 in their blood. Scientists found that people with myeloma, lymphoma and cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas, colon, kidney, head and neck all had low CoQ10 blood levels.
CoQ10 is naturally found in large amounts in various foods including organ meats (heart, liver and kidney), beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel and peanuts.
Who should take Ubiquinol?
As people age Ubiquinol and total CoQ10 levels decline and can further be depleted by health conditions and certain medications, according to WebMD. For individuals who are 40 years or older, taking CoQ10 in this form becomes especially beneficial since the body’s ability to produce CoQ10 and convert it into Ubiquinol is diminished at this age. Optimal Ubiquinol levels are important for anyone looking to support cardiovascular, neurological and liver health and promote anti-aging.
The “Dr. Oz” show also discussed how Ubiquinol has been shown to lower blood pressure, help good cholesterol and help complications that can arise from taking statin medications. Statins are helpful in reducing cholesterol in the body, but then also deplete the body of Ubiqionol and CoQ10 which can lead to various side effects including muscle aches, cramping, fatigue and exhaustion.
It is possible to get Ubiquionol from your diet. However, Dr. Oz pointed out how difficult it is to obtain adequate amounts of Ubiquionol from a healthy diet alone.
For example, the average person would have to consume seven pounds of meat, eight pounds of peanuts, 125 cups of cauliflower or 300 oranges per day to obtain the same amount of Ubiquinol found in only one pill. The recommended per diem dose of Ubiquinol is 100 mg.
Once a little known ingredient Ubiquinol is now becoming a mainstay supplement especially for anyone 40 years or older.