THE BASICS: Ubiquinol is a reduced, more bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a substance produced by the human body that's necessary for the basic functioning of cells.
When we're young, ubiquinol is the predominant form of CoQ10 in nearly every cell in our bodies. As we get older, our ability to efficiently produce both CoQ10 and its electron-rich ubiquinol form declines. This results in less cellular energy and diminished protection against oxidation, which can lead to cellular damage. CoQ10 levels tend to be low in patients with certain chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes. Statin drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.
Ubiquinol has been known to scientists since in the late 1950s. Research on ubiquinol appeared in scientific journals throughout the '70s, '80s, and '90s, even though large quantities weren't commercially available. These early studies provided evidence of the critical roles ubiquinol plays in the production of cellular energy and protection against oxidative damage to DNA. Newer studies show that ubiquinol may benefit cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and mitochondrial disorders; diabetes; periodontal disease; and hypertension.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE:
A review of the studies published to date consistently shows that, in comparison to conventional CoQ10, supplementation with ubiquinol results in increased bioavailability and higher cellular ubiquinol levels. Ubiquinol has only recently become available in large quantities in supplement form. The recommended dosage is typically 50-100 mg daily, taken with food, preferably with fat.
Doctor's BestBest Ubiquinol Ideal for older adults who are concerned with optimal nutrient absorption, Best Ubiquinol features KanekaQH ubiquinol.
Dr. Mercola Ubiquinol Enhanced Bioactivity CoQ10 The fish gelatin Caplique cap contains KanekaQH ubiquinol, 100 mg per cap. This form is not suitable for vegetarians.
NOW FoodsUbiquinol Each softgel has 100 mg of high-quality ubiquinol (KanekaQH). For optimal absorption, take with your daily omega-3 supplement.