Fuel For A Healthier Heart?
Supporting National Heart Month in February – There are about 2.6 million people currently living in the UK with Coronary Heart Disease. Whilst as a nation we have put in place more definitive preventative measures such as maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing the intake of saturated fats, exercising regularly and frequent medical checkups to combat heart disease – micronutrients should also be considered to play an integral role.
There are about 2.6 million people currently living in the UK with Coronary Heart Disease. To raise awareness of this, February is National Heart month . Whilst as a nation we have put in place more definitive preventative measures such as maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing the intake of saturated fats, exercising regularly and frequent medical checkups to combat heart disease micronutrients should also be considered to play an integral role.
One such micronutrient is Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is required for 95% of our cellular energy production and is found in every cell in your body. The highest concentration of this essential nutrient is in the energy intensive cells of
the heart. It exists in two forms: CoQ10 (inactive) and Ubiquinol (active). Conventional CoQ10 must first be converted into Ubiquinol to be used by your body to become a powerful antioxidant to protect against oxidative stress and free radical damage.
Numerous studies have shown that by taking a supplement of Ubiquinol (the reduced form of CoQ10) can have a beneficial effect on the heart and blood vessels in a number of ways and, importantly because it is also one of the most powerful fat-soluble antioxidants known to science it can penetrate deep inside the cell membranes.
Firstly, as an antioxidant Ubiquinol protects the energy intensive cells of the heart. Antioxidants have been linked with improved outcome following surgery by reducing free radical damage to the heart, improving cardiac function and minimizing the chances of irregular heart beat (arrhythmia).
A Ubiquinol supplement can also regenerate other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E as well as slowing the aging process of the body’s other major organs through increased cell energy production. (Ubiquinol production decreases as we become older).
Naturally, invasive heart procedures like coronary by-pass surgery and heart transplantation are lifesaving procedures and whilst Ubiquinol is by no means a treatment for heart failure interestingly studies have found that the levels of Ubiquinol in people with congestive heart failure have been lower than normal.
Finally, lower levels of Ubiquinol have been recorded in people with high blood cholesterol . While the correlation between low Ubiquinol and high cholesterol levels have not been ascertained, Ubiquinol is known to reduce some of the side effects associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.