Understand CoQ10 and Ubiquinol

ubiquinol-coq10CoQ10 is a vital, natural chemical which the body uses to produce energy to live. There are multiple forms of the nutrient CoQ10, but two are of particular note. CoQ10, also known as Ubiquinone is the inactive form of the enzyme, which is used in supplements and ingested in foods. The active form of CoQ10 is called ubiquinol. Both of these forms are chemically similar. CoQ10 is converted by the body into ubiquinol in order to use it in cells. As a result, 95 percent or more of all the CoQ10 in the body is actually the ubiquinol form.

Ubiquinol is the most important form of CoQ10 inside the body because it is the form which is ready to help the cells produce energy. In order to create energy to work, cells need oxygen. Ubiquinol is able to attach to oxygen atoms and carry them into cells, where the cells then use them in further chemical processes. The other forms of CoQ10 and ubiquinol are simply forms of the chemical which are at different stages in picking up oxygen or releasing it inside cells.

CoQ10, the inactive form of the enzyme, is commonly used in supplements. However, the body can’t directly use it until it is converted to the active form ubiquinol. This is an extra step that can hinder the body’s absorption of CoQ10. Some supplements are starting to use the active form, ubiquinol. These supplements may be able to provide a greater benefit than traditional CoQ10 supplements by aiding the body in absorbing the nutrient and putting it to work. However, either type of supplement can help the body produce more energy by providing this crucial link in the energy-creation chain.

Ubiquniol is the next generation of CoQ10 because the conversion from CoQ10 to ubiquinol has already been done – outside your body – so it is more absorbable. Learn more at http://ubiquinol.org.