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Ubiquinol Information Center

Ubiquinol is an enzyme that is naturally produced by your body.

Ubiquinol is required for 95% of your cellular energy production and is found in every cell in your body. The highest concentration of this essential nutrient is in your heart. It exists in two forms: CoQ10 (inactive) and Ubiquinol (active). In a healthy adult, 95% or more of the total coenzyme Q10 in the body is in the Ubiquinol form. 

Ubiquinol promotes optimum heart heath and helps maintain cardiovascular health. Until recently, the only supplement available was in the CoQ10 form, which must first be converted to Ubiquinol to be used by your body. In 2007, Kaneka Nutrients developed the first supplement in the Ubiquinol form. Studies suggest that Ubiquinol has superior absorption and can replenish the normal CoQ10 plasma concentration. In several studies, Ubiquinol increased by an average of 4x in healthy people taking 150-300 mg per day.

 

How it Works

There are molecules in your system with an unpaired electron called "free radicals". These free radicals are unstable and search out cells in your body to steal an electron.

This causes damage to the cell and is called "oxidation". Antioxidants have extra electrons that they donate to free radicals to neutralize them. Ubiquinol is an antioxidant that helps protect against oxidative stress and free radical damage.

After Ubiquinol donates an electron, it turns into Coenzyme Q10. Your body has a process to recycle this CoQ10 back into Ubiquinol so it's ready to go back out and donate an electron to another free radical. This process is going on in your body right now, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, preliminary studies have shown that Ubiquinol levels are significantly diminished by aging. Your body has CoQ10 in your system but it's not in the form that can go out and donate electrons. Taking a Ubiquinol supplement helps to maintain healthy levels of Ubiquinol in your body.

How Much to Take

The recommended daily dose of Ubiquinol varies based on each individual's specific needs

As a general guideline, start supplementing with 200-300 mg per day for the first 2–3 weeks. After that, 100 mg per day is a good amount to maintain optimal Ubiquinol levels.

Ubiquinol vs. CoQ10

Ubiquinol is the enhanced absorption form of CoQ10 and more bioavailable

Conventional CoQ10 supplements must first be converted to Ubiquinol to be used by your body. That is because Ubiquinol is the active form that is usable in your body.

Ask Your Doctor

Many doctors recommend a Ubiquinol supplement when they prescribe a cholesterol reducing statin medication to their patients.

Studies have shown that Ubiquinol is beneficial to your cardiovascular system, helps support arterial health, and promotes optimial heart health. Ask your doctor if Ubiquinol is right for you.