Ever wonder if you have a nutrient deficiency? Want to take a little unscientific test? Answer the following questions:
1. Do you often feel tired and weak?
2. Do you get migraine headaches?
3. Do you have elevated cholesterol?
4. Do you get colds or the flu often?
5. Have you been told you have fibromyalgia or experience similar pain?
6. Do you have blood sugar issues?
7. Are you over 40?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be deficient in Co-enzyme-Q10, also known as ubiquinol. If you’re taking a statin drug, beta blockers for high-blood pressure, or tricyclic anti-depressants, but you aren’t supplementing, it’s almost guaranteed you’re deficient in ubiquinol (Co-Q10). Did you know a deficiency in ubiquinol can cause a heart attack?
In other countries, when a doctor prescribes a stating drug, they must legally tell the patient to take ubiquinol. That’s not the case in the US. Thankfully, there are a few doctors who will tell their patients to take it. I know someone who was on statin drugs for ten years and nearly died from a massive heart attack. There are millions of people (including children!) who are on statins who are deficient in this life saving enzyme, all because of the dangerous cholesterol myth that Big Medicine and Big Pharma perpetuate. But I digress…
Ubiquinol is the ultimate enzyme for energy in your body. It helps convert energy from carbs and fats into ATP, your body’s common energy “currency.” It’s found in every cell in your body! Rather important, don’t you think?
This amazing fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance is a powerful antioxidant that fights free-radicals and oxidative stress. Translation: It slows down the aging process! Here’s what Dr. Oz has to say about ubiquinol:
Despite the aging process, every cell in the body is in the business of producing energy to keep you vital and healthy. The energy each cell produces is in the form of a molecule called ATP, which is made in the energy powerhouse of the cell known as the mitochondria. Ubiquinol has been shown to promote ATP production in the mitochondrial inner membrane.
Listed below are just a few of the ways ubiquinol supports your overall health:
- Increased cellular energy
- Exercise recovery
- Blood pressure support
- Slows down dementia and other neurological problems
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Stabilizes glucose levels
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Periodontal disease & saliva production
As you age, your ubiquinol (Co-Q10) levels decline. You can get small amounts from foods like organ meats (liver and heart), but the amount is minimal. The best way to get optimal levels of ubiquinol is to take a supplement. Your body can use up to 500 mg in just half a day, so for optimal absorption, make sure any Co-Q10 you’re taking is in the bio-available ubiquinol form.
In addition to helping prevent heart problems, if you’ve already had a heart attack it can still provide protection. According to this article from the University of Maryland Medical Center:
One clinical study found that people who took daily Co-Q10 supplements within 3 days of a heart attack were less likely to have subsequent heart attacks and chest pain. They were also less likely to die of heart disease than those who did not take the supplements. Anyone who has had a heart attack should talk with their healthcare provider before taking any herbs or supplements, including Co-Q10.
How many heart attack victims are told this?!
There have been thousands of studies on this energy powerhouse that validate its health benefits, but be sure and check with your doctor before you take it. If you’re feeling run down and your get-up-and-go has gone, consider a quality ubiquinol supplement like UBQH from Integrative Therapeutics or Ubiquinol from Healthy Origins. Give your body a restart with ubiquinol!
Have you taken ubiquinol? Tell us about it in the comments section below!