Get your spark back with Ubiquinol CoQ10
Is a little-known enzyme known as CoQ10 on your radar? If you’re thinking about heart health, antioxidant protection, and increased energy, it should be – and who among us wouldn’t like to add a little extra bounce to our step?
What is CoQ10 (ubiquinol) and what does it do?
CoQ10 or coenzyme Q10 is crucial to making energy in our cells. It’s a naturally occurring enzyme that is produced in the body, where it helps kick-start energy production. It is also known as ubiquinol because it is “ubiquitous” – every cell in your body needs it. Understanding how fundamentally necessary CoQ10 truly is, requires a little crash course in high school biochemistry: we eat carbs, proteins, and fats, but our body can’t actually use these macronutrients to power our cells. It first has to turn them into ATP, which is the body’s main form of energy. This happens in the mitochondria of our cells – the powerhouses of our body. Without CoQ10 to help this process along, all our cells would just stop functioning. This little enzyme is like a cellular spark plug, you’re going nowhere without it!
CoQ10 also has incredible antioxidant potential, helping to prevent and repair damage caused by free radicals. It is highly abundant in the human heart. Antioxidants are your cardiovascular system’s best friend, especially CoQ10, since it is particularly good at protecting LDL cholesterol (considered “bad” cholesterol) from the free radical damage that leads to plaque build-up in the arteries. As well as protecting your cardiovascular system, your heart relies on the energy supplied by CoQ10 to contract, delivering oxygen and nutrients throughout your whole body.
Clinical research repeatedly shows that CoQ10 has a significant positive impact on heart health. In one study, those who took 200 mg of CoQ10 per day had significantly lower levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol after three months.
Our bodies make CoQ10 naturally, but certain things can interfere with this production, including the aging process and intense physical activity. By age 40, there is a significant drop in the production of CoQ10. Certain drugs, such as statins and beta blockers, deplete levels of CoQ10.  Replenishing levels of this vital enzyme with a supplement helps promote heart health, protects against free radical damage, and even gives you an energy boost. In fact, athletes who took CoQ10 displayed enhanced physical performance compared to those who took a placebo.
Because only trace amounts of CoQ10 are available in food, those who are looking for increased antioxidant support may benefit from a high-quality, active supplemental source of CoQ10.
How can CoQ10 help you feel better and live healthier?
- This vital antioxidant offers protection against free radical damage, which is great for your heart – and your whole body
- Thanks to its antioxidant and energy-producing abilities, CoQ10 promotes cardiovascular health
- CoQ10 can restore blood levels of ubiquinol that have declined with age or been depleted by the use of statins or beta blockers
- As an essential part of cellular energy production, it helps sustain natural energy and fight age-related fatigue
Why Ubiquinol QH Active CoQ10?
Not all supplements are created equal. Just as certain forms of calcium are more readily absorbed by the body, Ubiquinol QH Active CoQ10 is a superior form of CoQ10 that is highly bioavailable, meaning the body can easily absorb and use it.
Many CoQ10 supplements contain ubiquinone, which requires an extra step to activate it before the body can use it. Unlike ubiquinone, ubiquinol is already active and doesn’t need to be converted by the body in order to receive its antioxidant benefits. Each softgel of Natural Factors Ubiquinol contains the highest quality ubiquinol available in organic flaxseed oil for an added source of omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) for the maintenance of good health. Because it is fat-soluble, the flaxseed oil also helps the body absorb CoQ10.
If you’ve ever wondered what steps you could take to promote your heart health and enhance energy levels, CoQ10 should be at the top of your list.
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