CoQ10 Supplements

Types of COQ10: Ubiquinol and Ubiquinone

yay-3888901-digitalUbiquinol is the active form of coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. Enzymes are molecules that act as catalysts inside the body, fostering many of the processes that enable our bodies to function. Ubiquinol is involved in two major processes: cell protection and the creation of cellular energy.

Every cell needs energy in order to function, and that energy comes mainly from our food being broken down into more simple compounds and carried out to cells. Ubiquinol is one critical link in the chain of chemical reactions that transforms what we eat into cellular energy. It is so important to this process that Ubiquinol is present in every cell in the body, and 95 percent of the energy created by cells involves Ubiquinol.

Cells also need to be protected from harmful substances such as toxins. Cell damage primarily comes from unstable molecules called free radicals, which attempt to scavenge stabilizing elements from healthy cells. Too many free radicals can cause irreparable cell damage. It is thought that many of the effects of aging are related to this kind of cell damage, which accumulates over time. A class of molecules called antioxidants protects cells against free radicals by neutralizing them before they can damage cells. There are multiple antioxidant compounds in the body, and Ubiquinol is one of them.

Ubiquinol is only one form of CoQ10 that exists in the body. There is an inactive form called Ubiquinone, which must be converted into Ubiquinol before the body can use it.

Normally, the body handles this process easily, making sure there is enough active Ubiquinol for cells to function. However, over time, the body becomes less efficient at converting Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol, which means the body can become deficient in vital Ubiquinol. Conventional CoQ10 supplements all use Ubiquinone, which the body needs to convert to Ubiquinol before it can be used. In the last few years, new supplements have been developed that use active Ubiquinol instead of Ubiquinone. These supplements demonstrate greater levels of absorption by the body and greater effectiveness at providing the health benefits of CoQ10.

Your body naturally produces CoQ10 then converts it to ubiquinol for use in the production of cellular energy. Learn more at


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