The New Anti-Aging World of Ubiquinol Q10

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Coenzyme Q10 was one of the first great anti-aging nutrients of the latter part of the last century. A newer version of Q10, ubiquinol Q10, has antioxidant advantages, especially in individuals with increasing free radical stress, as is typical during the aging process. A new study demonstrates a novel and potent anti-aging mechanism of ubiquinol Q10.

The original Q10 anti-aging theory centered on the unique role of Q10 in energy production within cells and the simple fact that cellular levels of Q10 adversely decline with age. This new study expands on this concept, showing multiple anti-aging mechanisms in key cells of the circulatory system.

As is clear from the causes of mortality in our society, the cardiovascular system is a weak link during the aging process. A large reason for this is accumulating injury along the vascular walls of the circulatory system. These walls are protected by a thin layer of cells known as endothelial cells. Indeed, this layer of protection is only one cell thick. When injury occurs and is not repaired fast enough, wear and tear eventually leads to plaque formation and cardiovascular disease. Thus, a key anti-aging strategy is to maintain the health of the endothelial cells lining your vascular system.

A new study showed that ubiquinol Q10 protects vascular endothelial cells from a variety of common inflammatory and toxic stressors that otherwise cause wear and tear. It protected against inflammatory IL-6, which is commonly elevated in overweight people. It also inhibited toxic bacterial LPS, a by-product of bacterial metabolism typically seen in overweight individuals and people with digestive imbalance. The net result of the action of ubiquinol Q10 was protection against aging of endothelial cells. The multiple mechanisms of cellular defense and improvement led the researchers to conclude, “These phenomena may play a role in preventing the endothelial dysfunction associated with major age-related diseases.”

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