CoQ10 is one of the most popular nutritional supplements on the market today, but how do you know if you’re taking the best form of this vital nutrient? CoQ10 is naturally produced by the body and takes three different forms depending on its state of oxidation: ubiquinone (fully oxidized), semiquinone (partially oxidized), and ubiquinol (the “reduced” and most bio-available form). Conventional CoQ10 supplements come in the form of ubiquinone, while Kaneka Ubiquinol® supplements are the active, antioxidant form of CoQ10. Although both are available as supplements, the properties and benefits of each differ depending on the form. So, which form of CoQ10 is right for you?
Whether you are a woman in her 40s building habits for a long and healthy life or an older adult who is at high risk for heart disease – or somewhere in between – there is a form of CoQ10 that is best for you.
Are you one of the 32 million Americans taking Lipitor, Zocor or some other statin drug to help manage your cholesterol? If so, your statin medication, despite all the good it is doing, may be doing something you don’t expect: depleting your body’s ability to produce CoQ10. Under a statin regimen, your body may not be able to produce CoQ10 as it once did. A simple oral supplement of CoQ10 in its “reduced,” activated form of Kaneka Ubiquinol could help replenish the CoQ10 your body is missing.
Maybe your family has a history of heart disease, making you more vulnerable to a range of cardiac problems, from stenosis to valvular dysfunction. A daily Kaneka Ubiquinol supplement has been demonstrated to support heart health, and a 2013 analysis of heart failure patients noted a strong correlation between heart failure and CoQ10 deficiency.
Your CoQ10 needs change with age. Most healthy people in their 20s naturally produce CoQ10 in sufficient quantities, but our ability to “biosynthesize” CoQ10 – to naturally produce it in the body – diminishes as we grow older. On top of that, our bodies’ ability to transform, or convert, CoQ10 into ubiquinol also diminishes with age. In a healthy body, 95 percent of the CoQ10 is in the form of ubiquinol because ubiquinol is the form that the body uses in cellular energy production. In an aging or compromised body, this figure may be seriously reduced, and long-term diminishment of CoQ10 is associated with cardiomyalgia (muscular pain), muscle cramps and loss of energy.
In addition to promoting heart health and aiding in energy production, CoQ10 and ubiquinol have also been linked to other steps in the aging process. Kaneka Ubiquinol is a powerful antioxidant, similar to Vitamin C, uric acid and carotenes. This means it helps cells “mop up” harmful free radicals, which are released during certain chemical exchanges and contribute to cell death. A regime of Kaneka Ubiquinol has been shown to prevent cell damage from oxidation and free radicals.
In addition to providing antioxidant protection, CoQ10 and ubiquinol support the health of high-energy organs, such as the heart, brain, kidneys and liver.
You should always consult your doctor before beginning a supplemental regimen, but this quiz may give you some direction as you consider which form of CoQ10 is right for you.