CoQ10: Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol?

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol?

A new form of CoQ10 has come on the market in recent years. This form is the reduced form of CoQ10 known as ubiquinol. Most CoQ10 on the market is in the oxidized ubiquinone form. While this form is adequate for most individuals for dietary supplement purposes, it may not be effective for some. When ubiquinone CoQ10 is taken in by the body, it is converted to the reduced form, ubiquinol. However, as we age our bodies lose the ability to convert rapidly between the two forms. Since ubiquinol is the reduced form, it more readily is able to scavenge free radicals and may be more effective in people over 40 or 45 years of age. Another benefit of using the ubiquinol form is that the dosage needed can be reduced since ubiquinol is already the active form of CoQ10.

Until recently, the stability of ubiquinol in capsule form was questionable and this made it difficult to manufacture an effective form of this nutrient. However, technological advancements have allowed for the manufacture of stable ubiquinol for supplemental purposes. The choice is yours. Both forms are effective and the original ubiquinone form of CoQ10 (the majority of CoQ10 on the market) is the one with the best science at this point. Most studies have used the original ubiquinone form. However, for some people, the reduced form, ubiquinol, may be more beneficial.

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