What’s the difference between coenzyme Q10 & ubiquinol?

Ubiquinol is the active and bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), while other forms of CoQ10, such as ubidecarenone, need to be converted to ubiquinol prior to utilisation by the body. Ubiquinol is naturally present in the body, with around 95% of plasma CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinol.

Ubiquinol and ubidecarenone: Two forms of CoQ10

Ubiquinol and ubidecarenone are two forms of the same essential nutrient, CoQ10. Ubidecarenone needs to be converted to ubiquinol in the body before it can be utilised for a therapeutic effect. Bioavailability of ubidecarenone is heavily reliant on absorption within the small intestine. The ability to convert ubidecarenone to ubiquinol declines as part of the ageing process, Fatigue, physical exercise, illness and certain medications can also affect ubiquinol levels. 

Which is the right CoQ10 for me?
Ubiquinol and ubidecarenone both have an important role to play in general health and wellbeing: 

  • Over 40 years of age - while CoQ10 is naturally found in every cell of the body, it’s ubiquinol that provides a greater therapeutic benefit for those over the age of 40, or those who need support for cardiovascular health as ubiquinol helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Ubiquinol 150mg and Ubiquinol 100mg 
  • Under 40 years of age - ubidecarenone is highly beneficial for health and wellbeing in this age bracket, or those who need support for energy production to assist physical exercise and post-exercise recovery, or to support healthy sperm in males. CoQ10 150mg 

Health benefits of CoQ10:

  • Plays a vital role in all energy-dependant processes of the body so supports energy production
  • Supports heart health and cardiovascular system health. CoQ10 is found in high concentrations in the heart muscle where energy demand is high
  • Potent fat-soluble antioxidant and free radical scavenger that supports the antioxidant network in the body by regenerating the oxidised form of vitamin E back to its original antioxidant form
  • Maintains and supports semen health, and sperm health and motility
  • Supports CoQ10 levels in the body

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