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Equine Supplementation with Ubiquinol CoQ10

Equine Supplementation with Ubiquinol CoQ10
18 November 2020 | Nia O'Malley

Ubiquinol CoQ10 is part of the natural equine diet and is essential for normal body function. It is present in all cells, providing a vital antioxidant function, but also playing an important role in the energy production process in the cell. It is found in particularly high concentrations in cells, tissues and organs with high energy requirements, such as the muscles, heart and lungs. It is an essential nutrient in all horses, but in particular for performance horses where demands are very high, and deficiencies are common.

Strenuous exercise requires more energy and generates higher levels of free radicals than when at rest. This can be further exacerbated by the pressures of environment, travelling, stress and advancing age. These increases the risk of oxidative stress and uses up ubiquinol CoQ10 stores quickly, prolonging post-exercise recovery, as cells are repaired and replaced, and ubiquinol CoQ10 stores replenished. Production of ubiquinol CoQ10 within the body is a relatively slow process and is often not sufficient enough to replenish stores in horses that have high levels of oxidative stress, so should be supplemented to maintain normal body function.

CoQ10 is present in the body as two forms – ubiquinol and ubiquinone. Ubiquinol CoQ10 is the biologically active antioxidant form and represents 95% of all the CoQ10 found in the circulation. Ubiquinol is the most bio-available form of CoQ10, meaning that it does not need to be converted in the small intestine (as with ubiquinone) and so is readily available for absorption and use. Supplementation of ubiquinol CoQ10 in the working horse is essential to keep levels replenished and avoid deficiencies, which can lead to poor performance and prolonged post exercise recovery.


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