If you’re like most people, taking steps to improve your heart health and promote healthy aging is important to you. That’s why Americans will spend an estimated $2.5 billion this year on dietary supplements that support cardiovascular health, like Ubiquinol (pronounced “you-bik-win-all”). But what is Ubiquinol CoQ10, and why does it matter?
What is Ubiquinol?
A lamp is powered by electricity. A car is powered by gas. Your heart and other organs are powered by cellular energy. Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 and plays a key role in producing the cellular energy your organs need to keep functioning - for example, cellular energy is what makes your heart pump.
Types of CoQ10
CoQ10, or Coenzyme Q10, is one of America’s most recognized supplements. Although millions of us buy the supplement to support heart health, most people don’t know there are two forms of this nutrient: Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. Each exist naturally in the body, but function differently.
(Ubiquinone - the oxidized form)
(sometimes called advanced or active CoQ10)
How is Ubiquinol Produced?
To give our bodies a consistent supply of cellular energy, our cells convert nutrients to an energy-rich molecule called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
Ubiquinol CoQ10 plays a critical role in producing cellular energy by creating ATP. That’s why large amounts of Ubiquinol can be found in your heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and other organs that require cellular energy to function properly. In fact, Ubiquinol is found in 95% of our cells!6 7 8 9 10
Starting around the age of 40, it becomes more difficult for your body to turn conventional CoQ10 into Ubiquinol CoQ10. The process becomes less efficient, which is why so many “older” adults are now taking Ubiquinol, the more advanced form of CoQ10.
Benefits of Ubiquinol CoQ10
Ubiquinol CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance that’s naturally made in our bodies and plays a critical role in the creation of cellular energy. We make less of the heart-healthy nutrient starting around age 40
Both forms of CoQ10 have interested researchers for many years, but Ubiquinol CoQ10 has been commercially available in America for only 12 years. In that short time, more than 60 peer-reviewed clinical and research studies have been performed and over 1,800 scientific papers have been published regarding Ubiquinol CoQ10, and its health benefits.
This large and still growing amount of research has found that Ubiquinol CoQ10:
- Supports optimal heart health11 12 13
- Supports natural cellular energy production14
- Helps prevent damage in the body caused by oxidative stress15
- Replenishes CoQ10 blood levels depleted by statin cholesterol medicines16 17
In addition to these benefits, researchers from around the world are busy studying the role Ubiquinol CoQ10 may play in mitochondrial function, brain health, vision health and bone metabolism, among other areas. Learn more about the benefits of Ubiquinol in the video below:
Why take Ubiquinol CoQ10
When comparing Ubiquinol to conventional CoQ10, the published studies to date indicate that Ubiquinol CoQ10 is better absorbed by the body.18 19 20 The amount your body absorbs will vary based on your age and overall health, but studies have consistently shown Ubiquinol to be the easiest form of CoQ10 for your body to use.
Turning conventional CoQ10 into Ubiquinol becomes harder and less efficient as we age, which is why many experts encourage “older” adults who take a CoQ10 supplement to choose Ubiquinol.
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9 Hosoe K, Kitano M, Kishida H, Kubo H, Fujii K, Kitahara M. Study on safety and bioavailability of ubiquinol (Kaneka QH) after single and 4-week multiple oral administration to healthy volunteers. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2007 Feb;47(1):19- 28.
12 Langsjoen PH and Langsjoen AM. Supplemental Ubiquinol in congestive heart failure: 3 year experience. 6th International Q10 Conference Brussels, 27–30 May 2010; 29–30.
13 Mohr D, Bowry VW, Stocker R. Dietary supplementation with coenzyme Q10 results in increased levels of ubiquinol-10 within circulating lipoproteins and increased resistance of human low-density lipoprotein to the initiation of lipid peroxidation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1992 Jun 26;1126(3):247-54.
14 Beamer WM and Deamer DW. Energy from Chemical Bonds: The aerobic mode. In: The World of the Cell, 2nd Ed., The Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company, Inc, Redwood City , CA., pps. 275-313.
17 Fedacko J, Pella D, Fedackova P, Hänninen O, Tuomainen P, Jarcuska P, Lopuchovsky T, Jedlickova L, Merkovska L, Littarru GP. Coenzyme Q(10) and selenium in statin-associated myopathy treatment. Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013 Feb;91(2):165-70.