Millions of Americans take a CoQ10 supplement to support heart health, but many are surprised to learn that Coenzyme Q10 actually exists in two main forms with important differences.
This is the oxidized version of the nutrient. We get some of this nutrient from the food we eat, but most of our supply is made naturally inside our bodies.
This is the antioxidant form of CoQ10 and its role in creating cellular energy helps fuel your heart and other organs.
Turning Conventional CoQ10 into Ubiquinol
To create the cellular energy your organs need to function optimally, your body must transform conventional CoQ10 into Ubiquinol. Young, healthy people can easily turn conventional CoQ10 into Ubiquinol, but starting around age 40, this process becomes harder and less efficient. This can impact the amount of cellular energy available for our organs to use. Watch the video below to learn more about transforming CoQ10 into Ubiquinol.
Why is Ubiquinol Better Than Conventional CoQ10?
Required for 95% of your cellular energy production8 11 12 13 14 15
Superior bioavailability 9 10 11
|Optimally replenishes Ubiquinol in your body to help protect against oxidative stress and provide cellular energy4 8 9 10 11|
|Predominant form of CoQ10 in a healthy body6 7 8|
Who Should Take Ubiquinol Supplements?
Many of the people who take a CoQ10 supplement are taking it in its conventional form. That form is fine if you’re a healthy 20 or 30-something because your body can easily convert it into the active Ubiquinol form.
However, as we age, our body’s ability to convert CoQ10 into Ubiquinol diminishes. So, if you’re over 40 and you take CoQ10, you may not be receiving the same benefit as you would from taking a Ubiquinol supplement. If you’re in this age range and are taking CoQ10 to support your health, be sure to take it in the advanced Ubiquinol form so your body can enjoy the maximum benefit.
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