Who wants to live forever?
The key to a long, healthy and beautiful life.
According to the World Health Organization, between the years 2000 and 2050, on a global scale, the number of people aged 60 and over will more than triple. It is a social challenge to maximize health and quality of life with advancing age, and consumer demand for products that promote a wide range of anti-aging benefits is increasing. In this respect, the micronutrient Ubiquinol is becoming more and more important, with scientists currently investigating several new potential applications. The fully reduced form of the better known coenzyme Q10 holds a wealth of possibilities for improving and maintaining health in later years.
A vital role in energy production
As one of its basic components, Ubiquinol supports the body’s respiratory chain. This vital process produces more than 95 percent of our energy and supplies it to the heart, brain, muscles and everywhere else that energy is needed. Ubiquinol is therefore essential for high level performance – mentally as well as physically. Generally, the human body is able to produce its own Ubiquinol, and the micronutrient is also naturally present in many foods, including meat, fish and nuts. But the body’s natural Ubiquinol levels decline with age and it is virtually impossible to compensate for this via diet alone. Used as a supplement, the electron-rich Ubiquinol has a more rapid and better effect than its precursor coenzyme Q10 since it does not have to be converted into an active form by the body. Its high bioavailability enables Ubiquinol to be taken up by the body more quickly and efficiently than traditional coenzyme Q10.
Counteracting the ageing processes
Coenzyme Q10 possesses the ability to slow down the aging process – which is related to an increased occurrence of free radicals – and positively influence many age-related diseases and health issues.
In terms of brain health, for instance, coenzyme Q10 increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and may increase levels of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine in the brain. Coenzyme Q10 also has been shown to increase cognitive functions such as memory and learning ability, and may even slow down the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s in their early stages. Another of Ubiquinol’s benefits is the maintenance of good eye health throughout life. The retina is very sensitive to oxidation and therefore contains high concentrations of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, and coenzyme Q10. Here, Ubiquinol prolongs the activity of vitamins C and E by helping to regenerate them. It may also directly protect the retina from oxidation and glycation and may reduce the formation of age spots in the eyes, as well as on the skin.
Coenzyme Q10 is already widely used as a powerful ingredient in anti-aging cosmetics. Within the skin, coenzyme Q10 is primarily found in the surface layer of the epidermis, where it ensures the reutilization of vitamins E and C, as is required for skin regeneration and protection from ultraviolet light. Not only can coenzyme Q10 replenish the skin’s energy supply, but its antioxidant function also has an important role to play here because it protects cell membranes from free radical damage. Since coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble substance, it can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin extremely well and is thus able to prevent many of the detrimental effects of daily aggressors and light-induced ageing.