UbiquinolJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
 Many of us may have heard of the energy-producing antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is naturally found in all bodily cells.  Less well known may be ubiquinol, the non-oxidized, electron-rich, active form of CoQ10 that has powerful antioxidant potential.  Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and help prevent cellular damage that can lead to cancer, heart disease and a host of chronic age-related diseases.  Free radicals, which are unstable electron deficient cells, are the result of normal metabolism, cellular respiration and energy production.  The body naturally produces and circulates antioxidant enzymes to control the destruction of healthy cells by free radicals, which seek to steal electrons.  However, free radicals that are produced as a biological response to exposure to environmental toxins, chemicals, cigarette smoke, statin medications and sun exposure challenge the body’s ability to control oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals outnumber antioxidant defenses, leaving us more susceptible to the deleterious effects of aging.   
Ubiquinol is the biologically active “reduced” form of CoQ10 that your body utilizes for important biochemical functions, including the maintenance of cardiovascular health.  In this case, “reduced” means that it has two extra electrons that can be donated to free radicals, effectively rendering them harmless.  Extensive research shows that when we are younger than 30 years old, the body easily converts CoQ10 to ubiquinol.  As we age, it becomes increasingly challenging for the body to produce CoQ10 and make the conversion to ubiquinol, resulting in less efficient cellular energy production and the development of acute and chronic disease.  After age 40, ubiquinol is a more effectively absorbed form of CoQ10.  Ubiquinol supplementation has been shown to be beneficial for raising the blood levels of a reduced and potentially more potent and active form of CoQ10. 
Eating healthy whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables that contain the antioxidant vitamins C and E, carotenoids and phytonutrients, increases the body’s ability to neutralize free radical damage.  Some of the best food sources of CoQ10 are the sulfurous vegetables broccoli and cauliflower, nuts and seeds, oily fish and meats.  A typical American diet generally provides 10 mg of CoQ10, nowhere near the recommended daily amount of 30 to 200 mg daily.  Supplementation has been shown to be beneficial in preventing oxidative stress and supporting optimal function of the heart muscle, the health of high energy organs (heart, brain, kidneys and liver), the maintenance of normal LDL cholesterol levels, cellular energy production and cardiovascular health. 
Ubiquinol-QH 100 mg by Pure Encapsulations provides a readily available active state of CoQ10 suitable for older individuals that may need greater levels of antioxidant support. 
Ubiquinol-QH (201899) by Douglas Laboratories provides 100 mg of the biologically reduced form of CoQ10 along with vitamin E. 
Ubiquinol CoQ10  100 mg by Vital Nutrients offers 100 mg of activated CoQ10 for superior bioavailability.
UBQH™Ubiquinol 100 mg by Integrative Therapeutics provides active form, reduced CoQ10 for cellular energy and overall wellness support. 


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