CoQ10 has been available for years, and is widely recommended by doctors to help with many different health concerns. It supports heart health, helps energy levels and can help anti-aging. Doctors recommend CoQ10 to counteract the effects of some kinds of prescription drugs, such as statins, which are known to deplete CoQ10 levels.
Recently, a new alternative to CoQ10 has come on the market, and it is called Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is not a separate nutrient from CoQ10; it’s actually one form of CoQ10. CoQ10 takes different chemical forms in different circumstances, and Ubiquinol is the active, antioxidant form. CoQ10 supplements are based on a different form, called Ubiquinone. Ubiquinone cannot be used by the body until the body converts into the active form of Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is much more difficult to encapsulate in a supplement because of its reactivity with other molecules. In 2007 however, Kaneka Nutrients discovered a viable method of capturing active Ubiquinol, finally making it available in this active, easily absorbable form.
Ubiquinol’s main function in health is to assist cells with creating the energy they need to live and work. Ubiquinol is the molecule that brings oxygen into cells for use in the chemical reactions that generate energy. Without Ubiquinol, cells would have little capacity for making energy. Up to 95 percent of the total energy production in the body involves Ubiquinol in the process. Ubiquinol acts as an antioxidant, similar to some other important nutrients. Antioxidants play an important role in cell protection. Cells are at risk of damage from compounds called free radicals, which are reactive molecules that can tear up the structure of healthy cells. Antioxidants balance the reactive free radicals, neutralizing them so they don’t damage other parts of cells.