Ubiquinol Coq10 - What is It?
Ubiquinol is an electron-rich (reduced) form of CoQ10 and is essential for mitochondrial synthesis of energy. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring compound that is synthesized in our bodies. This naturally occurring compound is the key ingredient for making 95 percent of all of your energy—most of it in your heart and brain. It also has a broad range of functions in the human body, including:
- Heart Health: It has been shown that subjects with higher ubiquinol CoQ10 concentrations and adequate ATP (energy) production in the heart muscle tissue may have better heart health than with those with lower levels of this naturally occurring compound.
- Energy Production: It is required to convert energy from food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the carrier of chemical energy that can be used by every cell in the body.
- Antioxidant Protection: CoQ10 is a powerful fat soluble antioxidant that protects DNA and other proteins from oxidative damage.
- Antioxidant Regeneration: Inside our bodies, vitamin E, vitamin C and lipoic acid are all dependent on Ubiquinol Coq10 to be regenerated after they protect the body from oxidative damage.
- Nerve Health: CoQ10 in the body is required to protect the brain and other nerve tissues from free radical damage.
- Healthy Cell Growth: CoQ10 promotes cell growth in healthy tissues.
- Enhanced physical performance: A study found that daily supplementation of ubiquinol CoQ10 for 6 weeks enhanced physical performance measured as maximum power output (peak power production) versus placebo in young healthy trained German Olympic athletes.
Clearly adequate levels of CoQ10 are essential for maintaining good health. And, with dietary sources of this compound limited, supplementation is one of the easiest ways to give your body the CoQ10 support it needs to function optimally.
When you look for CoQ10 supplements online or in a store you may notice two different forms—ubiquinol CoQ10 and ubiquinone CoQ10. Ubiquinone is the oxidized form of this naturally occurring compound, while ubiquinol CoQ10 is the reduced form.
To reap the health benefits of CoQ10, ubiquinone must be processed in the body into ubiquinol, which is the predominant form your heart, brain, and all the cells in your body need to function at their best.
While the ubiquinone to ubiquinol conversion process is easily done when we are young, that task becomes more difficult as we get older. Our bodies simply are not able to effectively convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol CoQ10.
If you’re over 40, taking a supplement with ubiquinol CoQ10 will help to ensure that your body gets the critical CoQ10 it needs. When you take ubiquinol, your body is able to skip the conversion process since it’s already in the preferred form that the body can use right away.
Our Advanced-Q™ CoQ10 with VESIsorb® provides 100mg of essential ubiquinol CoQ10 in each capsule. And, the VESIsorb patented technology enhances CoQ10 absorption, so your body gets the energy and heart support it needs.