CoEnzyme Q-10: Clearing up the Confusion

Many of us already have heard about Coenzyme-Q10, the natural antioxidant synthesized by the body, found in many foods, and available in supplement form. It comes in two forms: ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form, and ubiquinone, the oxidized form, which the body partially converts to ubiquinol. In general, coenzymes support enzymes in their various biochemical functions. CoQ10 is a vital participant in the chain of metabolic chemical reactions that generate energy within cells. It is found in every cell of the body (the name ubiquinone stems from its ubiquity), but is present in higher concentrations in organs with higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver, and heart.
Many medical studies demonstrate supplemental CoQ10’s beneficial effects, most of which stem from its vital role in oxygen utilization and energy production, particularly in heart muscle cells.

There is no official Daily Value recommendation, but many doctors suggest at least 90 to 120 mg of supplemental CoQ10 for any adult taking statin medications and for those with a family history of heart problems, or who is at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. This dosage is also appropriate for otherwise healthy men and women as a preventive measure and to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so take the supplement with a meal containing fat. Seek out the soft-gel ubiquinol form when taking CoQ10 as a stand alone supplement, as this has greater antioxidant efficiency than the ubiquinone form. Talk to your child’s pediatrician before starting him on any Co-Q10.

Two of the highest rated brands in the USA are: CoQnol Non-GMO Ubiquinol by Designs for Health and CoQmax Ubiquinol by Xymogen.  A third brand also has a high ranking, but its label does not state whether or not it is a form of Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone: Q-Best 100 by Thorne.

Although there is a lot of debate about Ubiquinol vs. Ubiquinone, the most recent research suggests that Ubiquinol is up to EIGHT times more bioavaiable than other CoQ10 supplements.

Every 3 to 4 months rotate to another one of these brands. You really only need 1 a day unless you have heart or gum disease in your family or are taking statin drugs.

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