Is there a difference between CoQ10 & Ubiquinol?
There is a long list of researched benefits for supplemental COQ10 to support well-being at a cellular level. Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) “coexists” with other enzymes in your body to enhance their reaction – they function similar to how a spark plug is needed to start a car engine. Besides producing energy for your cells, COQ10 supplements are commonly associated with their ability to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress (free radical damage).
Free radical damages occur at the cellular level when your electrons are running amok and looking for something to pair with. If left unpaired these free radicals can lead to health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, gum disease, blood infections, declining cognition, diabetes, cancer and certain muscle conditions. Your body does produce its COQ10 – it is created in the mitochondria of your cells and continually released to help your cells function. As you age, your natural production decreases, leaving you more dependent on food sources such as meat, poultry and fish, peanuts and soybeans, spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower or in a natural health supplement. There are two different forms of COQ10, ubiquinol and ubiquinone. They are both COQ10, which tends to lead to confusion, so supplement manufacturers may name one product COQ10 and the other Ubiquinol to help differentiate between the two sources.
Is one form of COQ10 better than the other?
The most significant difference is that the ubiquinone form (let's call it the regular version COQ10) requires your body to first absorb it and then synthesize it to the more active form. Whereas Ubiquinol (we will call this the enhanced version) is already converted, so your body does not have to do the extra work. Keep in mind that your body’s intricate systems are intelligent so this process is not difficult for it to achieve. Up until 2006, ubiquinone COQ10 (regular) was the only version available and the most researched, after which a manufacturer was able to isolate the more active form “ubiquinol” (enhanced COQ10) and alas a new form was established. Natural
Factors produces both. Natural Factors Ubiquinol COQ10 and Natural Factors Coenzyme Q10. If your supplement does not say “Ubiquinol” on the label it’s most likely the “regular version.” The suggestion is that older or sickly individuals should use Ubiquinol (enhanced), as they are most likely to have an impaired ability to synthesize CoQ10 and to convert the Ubiquinone (regular version) as effectively. The studies to back this claim are still emerging. Until there are more definitive results, we suggest you use Natural Factors Coenzyme Q10 for everyday use and as a preventative and if you are over the age of 60 and have a compromised immune system consider Natural Factors Ubiquinol COQ10. Both forms are fat soluble and should be taken with foods that contain some fats. It is also recommended that you take it at night to increase its effect.
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