Ubiquinol, Heart Health and Cholesterol – Cardiovascular updates

Ubiquinol, Heart Health and Cholesterol – Cardiovascular updates

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Your heart sits at the centre of your cardiovascular system so supporting its health is vitally important. Studies have shown that poor heart health may affect the body’s ability to function effectively[1]. Being proactive in taking care of your heart is one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy living and overall good health.

Ubiquinol’s role in supporting heart health

You’ve probably heard about Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10), a naturally occurring antioxidant in your body, but you may not have heard of Ubiquinol, the active (more easily adsorbed) form of CoQ10, responsible for providing your cells with energy.

As an active form of CoQ10, Ubiquinol provides cholesterol support, assists the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels, protects cells from oxidative stress and aids in the regeneration of antioxidants like vitamin C and E [2]. 

Due to its great and constant need for energy, the heart muscle is known to contain a large number of mitochondria, requiring significant amounts of cellular energy to function [3]. Ubiquinol promotes heart health by helping to provide the cellular energy to keep the heart pumping well. It is critical in the production of ATP, the body’s primary fuel. This fuel is used for three heart functions:

1. Contraction – to keep the heart pumping consistently

2. Relaxation – to allow the heart to rest between beats

3. Molecular Synthesis – to maintain the heart’s structure by building important cellular components

Without enough ATP in the “energy pool”, the heart’s function may not function as effectively..

As a lipid-soluble antioxidant that is located in the mitochondria, found naturally in our bodies and which starts to decline as we age from around the age of 30, Ubiquinol plays a very important role in quenching the free radicals that are produced in abundance in the mitochondrial membrane as a by-product of the catabolism of food for energy. In this way, it protects the membrane and surrounding environment from damage.

Ubiquinol has also been shown to assist in maintaining healthy levels of LDL cholesterol. If you have a predisposition to heart disease or are taking statin medication for high LDL cholesterol levels, then speak to your doctor about Ubiquinol supplementation.

[1] Gilvydis, R. (2019) Why Good Blood Circulation is Vital to Your Health, Northern Illinois Vein Clinic. Available at: https://niveinclinic.com/why-good-blood-circulation-is-vital-to-your-health/ (Accessed: 7 June 2021).

[2] Ernster, L., & Forsmark-Andrée, P. (1993). Ubiquinol: an endogenous antioxidant in aerobic organisms. The Clinical investigator, 71(8 Suppl), S60–S65. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00226842 (Accessed: 7 June 2021).

[3] Hassinen I. (2007) Regulation of Mitochondrial Respiration in Heart Muscle. In: Schaffer S.W., Suleiman MS. (eds) Mitochondria. Advances in Biochemistry in Health and Disease, vol 2. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-69945-5_1 (Accessed: 26 June 2021).

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