Two Forms of Coenzyme Q10. What is the Difference?

In the body, CoQ10 exists in two main forms “ubiquinone” and “ubiquinol”. The “ubiquinol” is the activated form of “ubiquinone” and thus is more easily absorbed into the blood and cell. Recent research has shown that “ubiquinol” supplementation is superior to the older supplement “ubiquinone”, which is the standard CoQ10 supplements found in vitamin stores. “Ubiquinol” has only been available as a supplement since 2007 while ubiquinone has been used for over 30 years.

Many people are asking is the new form worth the extra expense?

In order for ubiquinone to be used by the body it must first be converted into ubiquinol. This process takes place naturally in the body which is why the standard CoQ10 has worked so well in conditions such as heart failure, immune dysfunction and diseases of the brain. Research indicates that CoQ10 levels begin to drop in the twenties and by the age of 40 may have dropped by a whopping 25%! In addition, certain prescriptions such as statin medications have been shown to dramatically decrease the production of this vital nutrient.

When should you use ubiquinol instead of the standard ubiquinone?

Because we are in the beginning stages of research with ubiquinol, we do not have all of the answers as of yet. Judging from the information that we currently have it appears that ubiquinol may be best in people who:

1. Are over the age of 40, especially senior citizens
2. Are on prescription medication that lowers CoQ10 production
3. Have not responded to standard CoQ10 supplementation
4. People who suffer with heart failure

Because ubiquinol is better absorbed and utilized, you may be able to take less than with standard CoQ10. We recommend starting with 200-300 mg per day for a period of 2-3 weeks, followed by 100 – 200 mg daily thereafter. This dose can be optimized according to your own results and needs.

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