Winter Health Essentials: Ubiquinol and Heart HealthAug 2019
There are several barriers that can make it more difficult to maintain heart health throughout the winter months, we tend to gravitate towards hibernation from the cold and find ourselves indulging in the warmth of comfort foods. These behaviours, however, can be detrimental not only for our heart health but our overall wellbeing.
Keep on Moving
During these cold winter months, it can seem like the most difficult thing in the world to pull ourselves out of the comfort of our beds. However, exercise is incredibly important in keeping our hearts healthy. The heart is a muscle, and just like any other muscle in our body, it requires regular exercise to keep it strong[i]. You don’t have to be a gym junkie or marathon runner to keep your heart healthy. If you’re someone that doesn’t exercise regularly, it’s never too late to make a positive change to your lifestyle. Gradually building up a regular routine through aerobic exercises such swimming, cycling, jogging or walking can have wonderful benefits on your heart[ii].
We are all guilty of sometimes indulging in a little too much comfort food when it is freezing cold outside, however, creating a habit or over indulging can cause havoc on your heart health. Winter is a perfect time to enjoy the warmth of hearty soups and curries that are jam packed with our favourite veggies and spices. Some ingredients that your heart will appreciate are broccoli, which is a heart super-food, herbs and spices, which are a great substitute for salt, as well as Omega 3-rich foods such as fish and avocado which support cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart related issues[iii]. Overall, making sure your diet is well balanced hosts several vital benefits for maintaining a healthy heart.
How can Ubiquinol help?
Ubiquinol is the active, reduced form of CoQ10, and is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in the production of energy, as well as in supporting our cardiovascular and immune health.[iv] However, as we age, ours body begins to naturally produce less Ubiquinol. As one of the strongest antioxidants in the body, Ubiquinol supplementation is a great option in fighting oxidative stress and maintaining overall health and wellbeing[v]. Studies have indicated that Ubiquinol can strengthen the heart and offer support to those with cardiovascular problems by decreasing blood pressure and reducing heart rate.[vi]
Ubiquinol is available through leading Australian nutritional supplementation brands. Ask your healthcare practitioner or local pharmacist for the best product for you.