Study highlights ubiquinol deficiency in plant-based diets

Vegetarians and vegans show lower levels of natural micronutrient

In a study conducted by Kaneka together with the medical care corporation Kaonkai Miura Hospital in Osaka (Japan), researchers found that ubiquinol levels among vegetarians and vegans are significantly lower than those of omnivores. In light of the plant-based nutrition trend, supplementation with Kaneka Ubiquinol™ is therefore advisable for the growing number of people who actively avoid animal products.

In this study, the researchers aimed to determine whether dietary-related differences in ubiquinol plasma levels exist in healthy omnivores and vegetarians/vegans. Half of the participants were vegetarians/vegans and the other half were meat-eaters. It was found that ubiquinol plasma levels in those who avoid animal-derived products were 23% lower than in omnivores as a result of their restrictive dietary habits.

Supplementation with Kaneka Ubiquinol™ can therefore help increase ubiquinol plasma levels in vegetarians and vegans. The micronutrient is produced by the body itself and essential for the production of energy and the neutralisation of free radicals. But with increasing age and due to certain diseases, medications or an unhealthy lifestyle, the body’s own ubiquinol production decreases. A lack of ubiquinol could lead to fatigue, muscle issues and a weaker immune system, and it’s also a risk factor for many age-related diseases.

In fact, a recent report from the British Nutrition Foundation emphasized the effects of a vegan diet on poor nutrient intake, such as zinc and vitamin B12. Although environmentally beneficial, these diets are often lacking in essential micronutrients, which could lead to severe health issues. For instance, veganism among women is associated with significantly higher risk of hip fracture.

Alexandre Magnin, Sales & Marketing Manager at Kaneka Nutrients Europe (part of Kaneka Medical Europe), explains: “Plant-based nutrition continues to flourish as a result of consumer interest in healthy lifestyles, sustainability and animal welfare, which ties into the broader trend towards cleaner living and eating. But those opting for a plant-based diet also have to be mindful of their health by supplementing deficient nutrients appropriately. For example, some meat or dairy alternatives were found to be relatively high in sodium, saturated fat and sugar, and may therefore decrease levels of essential micronutrients. As more and more consumers are switching to a greener lifestyle, these and our new study results are highly important. With Kaneka Ubiquinol™, manufacturers of dietary supplements can serve the growing target group of vegetarians and vegans, and optimally support them in their diet.”


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