CoQ10, is an enzyme that naturally exists inside the body. It has multiple known beneficial health effects, which include providing antioxidant protection for cells and assisting with energy production. CoQ10 has been shown to help alleviate the negative effects of aging as well as help with symptoms of heart disease, neurological diseases and inflammation. The highest concentrations of CoQ10 are found inside the heart. Every one of the body’s cells contains some CoQ10, and 95 percent of energy production inside cells involves a form of CoQ10 called Ubiquinol.
Two forms of CoQ10 exist inside the body simultaneously. One of them is called Ubiquinone, which is the inactive form. The other is Ubiquinol, the active form.
The body converts Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol before using it.
In healthy adults, Ubiquinol makes up 95 percent or more of the total CoQ10 in the body. Ubiquinol is the version of CoQ10 that promotes heart and cardiovascular health, and provides all of the other health benefits of CoQ10. Maintaining sufficient levels of Ubiquinol in the body is important for everyone as they age. Our bodies become less able to create Ubiquinol. The process that converts Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol slows down, and Ubiquinone-based supplements also lose some of their benefits. Taking Ubiquinol supplements can offer more of the active nutrient the body needs in a more easily absorbed form. This helps raise energy levels for many older adults, as well as helping to protect their heart health and ward off other types of disease.