Ubiquinol Q10 Anti-Aging Properties
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
It has just been published that ubiquinol Q10 turns on a variety of longevity gene signals, including SIRT1, slowing the progression of aging in mice genetically programmed to age faster.
The scope of anti-aging mechanisms identified in this study are stunning. If ubiquinol Q10 were a drug, it would be the biggest blockbuster to ever hit the market.
It was found to turn on gene signals that rejuvenate mitochondria, meaning it influences mitochondrial biogenisis, a powerful anti-aging principle. This resulted in a reversal of age-declining energy production, like getting a tune-up for a struggling car engine. It turned on a variety of metabolic gene signals (SIRT1, PGC-1a, AMPK) which are involved with improved calorie and fat burning as well as cellular longevity. It directly activated the antioxidant enzyme systems with mitochondria so that they were better protected as they made energy. These findings are broad-based and powerful anti-aging mechanisms.
Ubiquinol Q10 is the most active form of Q10, which can be consumed directly as a dietary supplement. When you take any form of supplemental Q10, your body will convert some of it to ubiquinol. The ubiquinol form itself has some advantages, simply because the conversion is not as efficient in older people or in people with existing health problems that have strained their antioxidant defenses. While no one single supplement will ever be the proverbial “fountain of youth,” it makes sense that we do everything we can to slow the aging process and preserve a higher quality health-span.
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