How Ubiquinol Transformed Ageing Mice Into ‘Teenagers’
Dr Mercola references Japanese researchers at a major medical centre who decided to take a closer look at ubiquinol’s potential to slow down the mouse ageing process.
They chose specially bred mice that age very rapidly to study how CoQ10 and ubiquinol affect ageing, compared to a control group of mice that received no supplementation during their lifetimes.
When the mice in all the groups reached the equivalent human age of 90 to 100, the differences between the control group and the ubiquinol groups were dramatic.
While the control mice were near death (as they all should have been), the mice that had received the reduced version of CoQ10, or ubiquinol, over their lifetime were still scampering around like teenage mice!
The only difference between the groups was ubiquinol. Only the mice that received ubiquinol over their entire lifespan showed these slowed ageing effects.
This revealing study both surprised and confirmed researchers’ suspicions: Ubiquinol was indeed in a class of its own for its potential benefits against the typical signs of ageing.
Why is Mitochondrial Health Important?
Most of your cells each contain several hundred mitochondria, or little energy factories that supply the majority of the fuel and energy your body produces. However, this massive energy production produces byproducts that can damage your cells and mitochondrial DNA and make your body age faster.
CoQ10 and its reduced, active form, Ubiquinol, are rare, lipid-soluble antioxidants that can help protect against cellular damage from free radical byproducts in the lipid portions of your body, including your cell membranes. Guarding against cell and mitochondrial damage helps ensure your body receives the energy it needs for the healthy function of your heart, brain, muscles, kidneys and other fuel-hungry tissues.
When your heart, brain and other organs receive the fuel they need for proper functioning, you help support your total body health and wellness.