Why Qunol is the Better CoQ10
Many of us are currently taking a CoQ10 supplement to boost our CoQ10 levels. Our levels can be depleted due to age, stress, and cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) and CoQ10 supplements are the best way to bring our levels back to normal. CoQ10 is also important because it helps produce the energy we need, supports a healthy heart, and is a powerful antioxidant.
If you are not truly absorbing your CoQ10 supplement, you may not be able to experience its potential benefits. Regular CoQ10, typically found in most powder-filled capsules and softgels, struggles with absorption because of its large molecule size and the fact that it often dissolves very poorly in fat and does not dissolve in water (such as the water-friendly environment found in our intestines).
This is why you should choose a CoQ10 supplement that is both water and fat-soluble.
Regular CoQ10 is Difficult to Absorb
Before we get any benefits from them, our bodies must break down food and supplements, including CoQ10, into particles that are small enough for us to absorb.
The wall of our intestines, the site of absorption, is like a cheesecloth – small dissolved particles can pass through the wall easily, but most larger particles do not go through. Since regular CoQ10 is a large molecule, it has trouble passing through our intestinal wall and very little will normally make it to the bloodstream.
Food intake affects the absorption of CoQ10. It is recommended that you take your CoQ10 together with a meal because food will help slow down the time it takes CoQ10 to travel through your digestive system. This is beneficial because your body will have more time to absorb it. It is also recommended that you eat a meal that contains fat when you take CoQ10 because it requires fat for absorption.
Powder-based CoQ10 supplements do not contain fat and are barely able to be absorbed by our intestines. To overcome this, most CoQ10 supplements are available in softgels suspended in oil (fat). While oil suspension improves the absorption of CoQ10, there is an even better way to improve its absorption.
Choose a Water-Soluble CoQ10 Supplement for Superior Absorption
Our intestines are a water-friendly environment and water-soluble substances absorb more efficiently than fat-soluble substances. This is why water-soluble forms of CoQ10 absorb better than regular1 CoQ10. Choosing a CoQ10 supplement that is water-soluble, in addition to fat-soluble, ensures that your body will absorb more of the CoQ10 and allow you to experience its potential benefits.
In order for CoQ10 to be effective, serum levels must reach high enough concentrations in the bloodstream (the therapeutic level). Research has shown that water-soluble CoQ10 leads to significantly higher serum levels than regular CoQ10.2,4
Because of the absorption issues with regular CoQ10, a common practice is to take very large doses in the hopes that more will be absorbed. However, this brute force approach can get expensive in a hurry, and still only offers minimal incremental benefits.
A better option is to choose a CoQ10 supplement that is both water and fat-soluble to ensure you reach therapeutic levels quickly and efficiently.
Water-Soluble Qunol® CoQ10 is the Better Choice
Qunol® CoQ10 uses a unique tri-patented formulation that is 100% water and fat soluble, unlike regular1 CoQ10 that does not dissolve in water at all and often dissolves very poorly in fat.
Studies show that Qunol® Ultra is up to 3 times better absorbed than regular CoQ10,2 and that it can help you reach therapeutic levels of CoQ10 in just weeks – rather than months like regular CoQ10, so you can experience the potential benefits faster. This is why Qunol® has the #1 cardiologist recommended form of CoQ10.3
1Regular CoQ10 refers to unsolubilized ubiquinone in oil suspensions in soft gels and/or powder filled capsules/tablets
2Chopra, R.K., et al. (1998). Bioavailability of Coenzyme Q1O in Humans. Internal. J. Vit. Nutr, Res. 68, 109-113. Received for publication August 4, 1997.
3AlphaImpactRx ProVoice Survey 2016. (Form refers to water and fat-soluble CoQ10).
4 Bhagavan, HN, Chopra, RK. Plasma coenzyme Q10 response to oral ingestion of coenzyme Q10 formulations. Mitochondrion. Volume 7, Supplement, June 2007, Pages S78–S88.
5 Regular CoQ10 refers to unsolubilized ubiquinone in oil suspensions in soft gels and/or powder filled capsules/tablets