There are two forms of Coenzyme Q10 on the market:
Standard Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)—Ubiquinone was the first form of coenzyme Q10 to enter the market as a nutritional supplement. Once ubiquinone enters the blood it needs to be activated through an enzymatic process that turns the ubiquinone into the reduced form called ubiquinol. The ubiquinone form of coenzyme Q10 has a long history of use.
Activated Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol)—Ubiquinol is the activated form of CoQ10. The majority of the coenzyme Q10 within the body is found in this form. The ubiquinol supplement hit the market only 2-3 years ago and has quickly become the preferred form of coenzyme Q10 due to its enhanced absorption and utilization.
Which form should you use?
The activated coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol) is the preferred form for people who are over the age of 40 and/or who have diseases that may impact the absorption or utilization of standard coenzyme Q10. Such diseases include: bowel conditions, celiac disease, diabetes, heart failure, heart disease or obesity. If you are younger than 40 and otherwise healthy, standard coenzyme Q10 should be fine.
Ubiquinol 100 mg by Pure Encapsulations – This activated coenzyme Q10 is one of the most cost-effective and high quality products available.
Ubiquinol 100 mg 60 Softgels
Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 50 mg by Life Extension – This is a lower dose for people who are younger and/or have no serious health problems. This formula is available in a 100 Softgel size.
Standard Coenzyme Q10 comes in many doses and sizes:
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg 60 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg 150 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 200 mg 30 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 200 mg 60 Sofgels
Coenzyme Q10 200 mg 150 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 300 mg 30 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 300 mg 60 Sofgels
Coenzyme Q10 300 mg 150 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 400 mg 30 Softgels
Coenzyme Q10 400 mg 60 Sofgels
Coenzyme Q10 400 mg 150 Softgels
Generally speaking, if you are healthy and want to supplement with coenzyme Q10 then 100 mg of standard coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) should be just fine. If you have health challenges for which coenzyme Q10 would be helpful then I almost always recommend the enhanced, ubiquinol form of coenzyme Q10. The dose can vary from 100 mg daily to 300 mg daily—depending on the severity of your situation. If you have questions regarding the dose, please feel free to contact one of our pharmacists.