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Ubiquinol for healthy hearts

April 2017 Print
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Your heart literally never takes a rest but it needs constant supply of energy to ensure it doesn’t skip a beat.  Keeping your heart healthy can be simple, just by taking a few steps every day. Here’s how.

Heart healthy diet

The Mediterranean diet has stood the test of time and now it is standing up to modern day science, particularly for heart health.

Several studies have linked heart health and the Mediterranean diets ingredients including vegetables, nuts, monounsaturated fatty acids, and overall 'healthy' dietary patterns.[i][ii][iii]

The National Heart Foundation of Australia recommends:

  • Eating vegetables, wholegrains, fruit, nuts and seeds every day.
  • Eating fish or seafood 2-3 times a week.
  • Obtaining good fats from nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives and cook with their oils.
  • Adding herbs and spices to flavour foods, instead of adding salt.
  • Limiting alcohol and not smoking.

Get moving!

Keeping your heart healthy really is as simple as move it or lose it.

Exercise is associated with improved cardiovascular health. The Heart Foundation recommends 30-45 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (like brisk walking) most days of the week. You can build up activity in shorter bouts, like in three 10-minute walks.

But a recent study shows dancing may be even better for your health. In a study by the University of Sydney, researchers found dancing to be better than walking for reducing cardiovascular health risks.[iv]

The role of ubiquinol

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) plays a vital role in keeping cell energy production at its peak and is essential for a healthy heart.  Now there’s a more pure form that delivers the power of CoQ10 more efficiently and is also one of the most power antioxidants available. Ubiquinol is the “reduced” form of CoQ10 which makes it more easily absorbed and utilised by the body.

Researchers at Christian Albrechts University found that ubiquinol (the purest form of Coenzyme Q10) is highest in healthy hearts.[v] The study investigated the link between levels of CoQ10 and C-reactive protein (CRP) which is linked to inflammation. Researchers found people who had lower levels of ubiquinol in the blood also had high levels of this CRP. The large study with more than 1300 people, showed supplementation with ubiquinol for just 14 days could significantly increase levels in people who were deficient.  The study found supplementation with 150mg of ubiquinol for just two weeks showed increased serum levels of ubiquinol.

Always speak to your healthcare professional about the diet, lifestyle, testing and potential supplements that might be right for you.

References available on request

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