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.
Ubiquinol, sometimes called the advanced or active form of CoQ10, is the predominant form of CoQ10 in a healthy young adult2 4 9. Ubiquinone, the conventional form of CoQ10, must be converted into Ubiquinol to create cellular energy. However, as you age, your body’s ability to convert Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol decreases.10 11
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Why Take The Ubiquinol Form Of CoQ10
When comparing Ubiquinol to conventional CoQ10, the published studies to date indicate that Ubiquinol is better absorbed by the body.12 13 14 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 “older” adults who take a CoQ10 supplement would be wise to choose Ubiquinol.