CoQ10 vs Ubiquinol - What's the Difference?
If you’ve been researching CoQ10, you have likely noticed that there are two forms of CoQ10 supplements available: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Ubiquinone is the form of CoQ10 commonly found in supplements labeled “CoQ10”, but what is ubiquinol?
CoQ10 exists in your body primarily in two forms:
• Ubiquinol (the fully reduced form of CoQ10)
Your body utilizes both forms of CoQ10 and is constantly converting between ubiquinone and ubiquinol depending on its current need. Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 and is used in the production of cellular energy.
Studies show that when we are young, our bodies synthesize ubiquinone well, converting it readily to ubiquinol. But as we get older, the body's ability to convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol diminishes. This means that as we age, ubiquinone supplements may become less effective for some purposes. Ubiquinol supplements contain a form of CoQ10 that has already been converted to its antioxidant form, ubiquinol – the form that fights excess free radicals and can help protect the body's cells from damage.
Oxidation is a normal process both in nature and in the human body. We see it at work in nature when a sliced apple turns brown or when iron rusts. In the human body, excess oxidation can damage healthy cells. Our bodies are designed for this process and are constantly producing new cells to replace the old. However, as we age and are exposed to certain environmental factors, the oxidation process can overwhelm the body’s ability to cope with it. Oxidation can lead to the formation of excess free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause cell damage. Ubiquinol is a powerful tool in the fight against excess free radicals.