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UBIQUINOL QH+

UBIQUINOL QH+ is a powerful antioxidant, essential for promoting heart health, improving brain function, and slowing down the aging process.

Ubiquinol is the reduced and active form of the well-known coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 exists in three forms: an oxidized form (ubiquinone), a partially oxidized form (semiquinone), and a reduced form (ubiquinol). Its reduced form is the most bioavailable and, therefore, the most active in the body. Multiple studies have shown that the body uses ubiquinol more easily than coenzyme Q10, which requires an additional step to convert it to its reduced form.

The ubiquinol, which gets its name because it is present in all our eukaryotic (nucleus-containing) cells, is an important part of the respiratory chain. It has a fundamental role in the transport of electrons in oxidative phosphorylation, as well as in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which results in the production of energy. It is estimated that about 95% of the energy generated by aerobic activity, is produced by the mediation of ubiquinol.

Ubiquinol is able to increase hematocrit levels (the volume percentage of red blood cells) and hemoglobin levels during physical activity, and it protects cell membranes from free radical damage and contributes to their fluidity. It also has the ability to regenerate vitamins A and E. It is even believed to play an important role in cases of heart disease, high blood pressure, gum disease and nervous system diseases.

The ubiquinol is actively produced in the skeletal tissues of the body and not considered an essential nutrient. The body will produce enough to maintain healthy cells until the age of 20-30 years old. As we age, the production of this substance starts to decrease making it necessary to get it from outside sources like supplements.

UBIQUINOL QH+

But the passage of time is not the only cause of an ubiquinol deficiency. Taking certain medications is another cause. For example, many people use statins to decrease cholesterol levels, but such medications also lower the levels of ubiquinol in the body. Clinical studies have shown that individuals with low levels of ubiquinol suffer more often from heart disease than people who have higher levels of coenzyme Q10. Therefore, for those who already use statins to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, it is recommended to take ubiquinol in order to prevent possible heart complications.

But what happens in athletes? Several studies have demonstrated the fundamental role of this substance.

UBIQUINOL QH+

The most recent study was a random, placebo-controlled, double blind study involving 100 young athletes (mean age of 20) undergoing a phase of physical training in a variety of specialties (canoeing, rowing, swimming, hockey, golf and athletics) at the Rhein-Ruhr training center in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. Half of the athletes received 300 mg/day of ubiquinol for 6 weeks, while the other half took a placebo. The physical performance achieved through the workout, with or without additional ubiquinol supplements, was measured at t = 0 (T1), at 3 weeks (T2) and 6 weeks (T3) and was quantified in watts/kg of body weight using a bicycle ergometer.

As would be expected during a training period, the athletic performance of the subjects in both sides of the study improved during the course of the 6 weeks: the control group increased their average power from 3.64 W/kg to 3.94 W/kg, while the group taking a ubiquinol supplement saw an increase from 3.70 W/kg to 4.08 W/kg. This variation corresponds to an average increase of 0.30 W/kg in the control group versus an average increase 0.38 W/kg in the ubiquinol group (a difference of 0.08 W/kg); the control group improved their performance by 8.5% while the group that took the ubiquinol supplement increased by 11%, with a positive spread of 2.5% compared to the control.

UBIQUINOL QH+

This study indicates that ubiquinol may be able to positively and significantly influence athletic performance; regarding the fact that the results between the ubiquinol subjects and control subjects may be seen as a small numerical difference, one should consider that even small improvements may be significant or decisive factors for athletes such as those considered in this study, who are young and already train at levels that reach their physical limits. According to some people, in these types of athletes, improvements of this magnitude in performance can make the difference between merely placing and receiving a medal. Even more noteworthy, subjects who are not as young or amateur athletes at lower fitness level could benefit even more than professional athletes from the supplementation of ubiquinol. In fact, as we age the number of mitochondria decreases and ubiquinol supplements could partially offset the effect this has on athletic performance. On the other hand, non-professional athletes may, through supplementation, increase their body’s ability to adapt to the higher energy for demand due to training.

Coenzyme Q10 does not seem to cause any particular side effects. No specific studies have been conducted on pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding; therefore, it is preferable not to take this product in these conditions. It would be appropriate to contact the your doctor if you have diabetes or use antihypertensive drugs, anticoagulants (a type of blood thinner), Betaxolol or chemotherapy for cancer treatments.

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Usage

Take up to 2 capsules with water once a day, after meals.

Ingredients

Rapessed oil, capsule: gelatin, emulsifiers: polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, beeswax, soy lecithin, humectant: glycerol, ubiquinol (Coenzyme Q10), colouring: caramel.

Training Day

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Normal Day

  • morning
  • lunch
  • afternoon
  • dinner
  • night

Aspect

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Additional Information

For serving 2 cps
Phosphatidic Acid N/A
Alpha-glyceryl phosphoyl choline (α-GPC) 50% N/A
Ubiquinol 100 mg

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