Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin like substance that exists in almost every cell in the human body. CoQ10 has several vital roles, primarily including cellular energy production and powerful antioxidant functions. Because cellular energy production is dependent on CoQ10, it follows that the highest CoQ10 levels are found in cells with the highest energy requirements – brain, heart, liver, and kidney. Energy production is not its only key function. CoQ10 acts a powerful antioxidant and is the only fat-soluble antioxidant that is produced by your body. “It’s the strongest lipid-soluble antioxidant available, protecting your body’s cells from harmful oxidative stress,” says Dr. Adam Splaver, MD, a cardiologist based in Florida. “Without proper levels, your body produces less energy and may be more susceptible to cellular damage from free radicals that can threaten a healthy heart or your immune system and energy levels.”
Your body makes its own CoQ10, with your production peaking around the age of 21. As you age, your CoQ10 production declines. Studies estimate the natural decline to be by as much as 65% below normal by age 80. Additional factors such as the use of cholesterol lowering statin drugs can also negatively affect your CoQ10 levels.
You can boost your intake of CoQ10 by eating foods high in this coenzyme. Relatively good sources of CoQ10 are animal-based organ meats (heart and liver)(click on food equivalence). Reviewing these food sources, it’s easy to understand why the typical diet delivers minimal amounts of CoQ10 and most likely does not provide enough CoQ10 to reach recommended levels. Perhaps this explains why many experts encourage the use of CoQ10 supplements for healthy individuals over 50 and for people with particular health conditions. Additionally, it should not be surprising that CoQ10 is the #1 cardiologist recommended supplement for those taking statin drugs!*
CoQ10 supplements generally come as ubiquinol or ubiquinone. Both are true forms of CoQ10. From a chemistry standpoint, ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10, whereas ubiquinone is the oxidized. Remember that CoQ10 occurs naturally in the body, where it shifts between its ubiquinone and ubiquinol form in a continuous cycle. When you take a ubiquinone supplement, your body converts it to ubiquinol and back again. So regardless of what form of CoQ10 you take, your body will convert it to the other form as needed.
Ubiquinone was the only version of CoQ10 on the market until 2007, when the developer of the patented technology for producing the reduced form of CoQ10 commercialized (and trademarked) ubiquinol. Because of this, ubiquinol is more expensive form.
Both ubiquinone and ubiquinol have high bioavailability. One study found that there was no significant difference in the absorption of various CoQ10 formulations and that CoQ10 appeared in the blood as ubiquinol, even if it was consumed as ubiquinone. Another study of seven different supplement formulations found large differences in the bioavailability of formulations, with the best absorbable formulations being soft-gel capsules containing either ubiquinone or ubiquinol. The International Q10 Association, ICQA uses a ubiquinone formula as its official science reference.
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