CoQ10: Which form is better?
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If you have been researching and learning about the heart healthy supplement Coq10 then you know that Coq10 is difficult to absorb in its powder form, and therefore if you are currently taking a powdered form you are wasting your money.
Back in 2006 a new type of CoQ10 called Ubiquinol was released with a lot of hype and partial misinformation, and today a lot of people are misinformed as to thinking this overpriced form of CoQ10 is better.
Understanding the Differences between Ubiquinol and Ubiquinone forms of CoQ10
First it is necessary to alleviate the confusion around CoQ10. Both forms of CoQ10 the newer Ubiquinol form and the standard ubiquinone form are essentially the same thing. Your body can freely convert Ubiquinone to ubiquinol and vice a versa, and therefore there is not really a difference between the two forms.
One of the main aspects around the hype of Ubiquinol is that they say it is more bioavailable than the powdered form of CoQ10. Although true, only uninformed consumers would ever buy this obsolete powdered form.
There are however, forms of CoQ10 like the Q Gel form that we carry that is 5 times more bioavailable than the powder form and superior in absorption to the overpriced Ubiquinol form of CoQ10
Both names Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol are derived from the word "ubiquitous," meaning 'everywhere', because both forms are found everywhere in your body.
Ubiquinone is the standard form of CoQ10 used to create cellular energy or ATP. Ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10 used to help provide anti-oxidant protection. The body converts these two forms back and forth in cells, blood and lymph in a cyclic manner as they each perform their specific functions in cellular metabolism; for the purpose of comparison, you can think of Ubiquinol and the Ubiquinone form of CoQ10 to be the same exact compound. With the presence of vitamin E, Ubiquinol can be transformed into Ubiquinone and vice a versa.
Ubiquinol - Busting the Hype of the overpriced Nutrient
Given the fact that the body can switch the two substances back and forth to meet its own requirements, the argument that ubiquinol is the "biologically active" form of CoQ10 is therefore an invalid argument.
Probably by far the most important reason for taking the regular Ubiquinone CoQ10 is that out of the over 200 studies proving the benefits to Coenzyme Q10 supplementation - only 1 peer reviewed study to date have been done with Ubiquinol. The health benefits of taking Ubiquinol alone is just not proven yet. The vast majority of cardiologists still recommend the standard form of CoQ10.
Additionally, while claims have been made that adults over 40 have difficulty reducing ubiquinone to ubiquinol, a recent human study indicates otherwise.
Since the Ubiquinol version can cost almost twice as much as regular CoQ10 it appears to be a big waste of money, and therefore we do not recommend nor do we even carry Ubiquinol at this time.
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