Ubiquinol vs. CoQ10: What’s the Difference?

Q: What is ubiquinol?

A: To understand ubiquinol, you have to know coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), or ubiquinone. CoQ10 is a fat soluble compound involved in energy production within the body’s cells. We naturally produce CoQ10, though we produce less as we age. This vital nutrient is synonymous with heart health, because the heart has the highest concentration of CoQ10 of all other organs.*

Ubiquinol is simply the reduced form of CoQ10, but its health benefits are the complete package. Compared to CoQ10, ubiquinol is more bioavailable and is directly utilized by the body for its metabolism support.*

The Best Form of Heart-Healthy CoQ10

Q: What are the health benefits of taking ubiquinol and why should I take it instead of CoQ10?

A: In addition to natural aging, there are several factors which may lead to a decreased production of CoQ10. Genetics can play a part, but cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might be the most common threat. While statins help to keep cholesterol in check, they diminish the body’s ability to produce CoQ10 on its own. Ironically, CoQ10 is essential not only for cellular energy but to help keep blood pressure levels within a normal range. That’s why taking the most bioavailable form of CoQ10 is a smart addition to your supplement routine as you get older and especially if your doctor prescribes a statin drug. Ubiquinol is also a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect the body from nasty free radicals – and that’s healthy for anyone!*

Q: How do I take ubiquinol?

A: Ubiquinol is most commonly taken in softgel form, but is also available as a liquid. While ubiquinol is superior, CoQ10 is still an excellent supplement and can be readily absorbed by the younger generations. CoQ10 is also available in liquid and even chewable forms, typically at a lower price point than ubiquinol.

CoQ10 has also made its way into a vast array of beauty products. When applied to the skin, CoQ10 is known to have incredible anti-aging effects and may also help protect skin from discoloration or uneveness. CoQ10 can be found in toners, lotions, facial cleansers and even body washes.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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