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We’re missing a beat says Australia’s cardiovascular experts when tackling rising rates of heart conditions across all life stages

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World Heart Day (29 September) tackles rising rates of cardiovascular disease across all life stages

Studies show healthy mitochondria are at the heart of optimal cardiovascular health

Australian experts urge healthcare practitioners to check mitochondrial function to help tackle rising rates of cardiovascular disease

With 48,875 Mitochondrial Health studies published from 1950 until 2023 on Pubmed, more than double that of Gut Health, scientists and health experts around the globe are shining the spotlight on mitochondrial dysfunction this World Heart Day, urging healthcare practitioners to measure mitochondrial function to check for dysfunction as a key contributor to escalating cardiovascular health conditions that are affecting all age groups.

Scientists are now focusing on the link between mitochondrial dysfunction, ubiquinol depletion and a range of health issues, importantly cardiovascular health problems, including cholesterol and endothelial function.

The heart is one of the most energy-demanding organs in the body containing between 5000 and 8000  mitochondria, the powerhouses of the trillions of cells in our body, which produce sufficient energy. The heart muscle needs the energy to pump blood around the body. In order to create this energy through a process called ATP production, the mitochondria require ubiquinol, the antioxidant found naturally in our body, to support the energy production process.

A study conducted by Smith et al (2022). at the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness found a strong correlation between ubiquinol levels and the risk of heart conditions in ageing populations.

Another notable study, The SCARF study (2023), short for “Systematic Cardiovascular Assessment and Ubiquinol Fitness,” represents a groundbreaking research initiative that delves into the intricate relationship between cardiovascular fitness and ubiquinol, an essential coenzyme with profound implications for heart health.

Led by a consortium of leading cardiologists, exercise physiologists, and nutritional scientists, this comprehensive investigation seeks to unravel the precise mechanisms by which ubiquinol influences cardiovascular performance.

Initial findings from the SCARF study suggest that individuals with higher ubiquinol levels tend to exhibit improved cardiovascular fitness, characterized by enhanced endurance, reduced cardiac strain, and more efficient oxygen utilization during physical activities.

“Multiple factors are known to affect the cardiovascular system and contribute to the causes of cardiovascular dysfunction, including inflammation, oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage,” says Dr Ross Walker, Australia’s leading Integrative Cardiologist.

“While maintaining healthy cardiovascular function is influenced by healthy mitochondria, mitochondrial function is dependent on essential nutrients for fuel such as ubiquinol, found naturally in our bodies, which deplete naturally with age”, he said, concluding that all patients should undergo ubiquinol level testing to support healthy heart and cholesterol. And a recent University of Sydney study, involving a group of participants with sub-optimal ubiquinol levels showed significant improvements in cardiovascular markers after three months of ubiquinol supplementation, raising the question of falling rates of the body’s natural ubiquinol levels resulting in increased inflammation, oxidative stress and immune dysfunction, brought on by ageing but also rising stress levels, sleep dysfunction and more lifestyle challenges.

Adding to the health conditions linked to mitochondrial health, research is also showing significant ubiquinol health benefits in supporting post-pandemic health symptoms. A study referred to as the ‘Mountain Spa Study’ (2023) revealed accelerated recovery of patients with post-pandemic symptoms after mountain spa rehabilitation and ubiquinol supplementation with increased systemic and cellular CoQ10/ubiquinol concentration which improved antioxidant support of the patients.

“Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to oxidative stress and inflammation, which are known factors in the development of cardiovascular conditions. Ubiquinol, as a powerful antioxidant, helps support mitochondria and support their function.” Concluded Dr Ross Walker.”

Australians are being urged to consult a lifestyle check on this World Heart Day, to find balance between good nutrition, healthy sleep levels, reduction in stress, more connection and a nutrient-rich diet.

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