Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) is an antioxidant naturally produced by the body to grow and maintain cells. It is fat-soluble and vitamin-like. It is concentrated in the major organs of the body – the heart, liver, kidneys, and muscles. As people age, COQ10 levels decrease. Heart disease can also cause the lowering of COQ10. It is possible to naturally increase the levels of this antioxidant by eating meat, fish, and whole grains. Sometimes, however, there isn’t enough of the enzyme in food to cause a significant increase, so taking supplements is necessary.
COQ10 is available as a supplement in capsules, tablets, and IV. This supplement can help improve certain conditions including congestive heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, and migraine headaches. Some individuals take the supplement to improve energy and physical performance.
There are two ways that the COQ10 supplement can be taken, in its oxidized form or its reduced form. Ubiquinone is the oxidized form and ubiquinol is the reduced form. Ubiquinone converts to ubiquinol when used by the body.
How CO10 Works
COQ10 is found inside mitochondria where cellular energy is produced. It is part of the chain of reactions leading to energy production. When ubiquinone receives another molecular electron in the chain, it reduces to ubiquinol. When this form is reduced, it donates an electron, becoming oxidized and turning into ubiquinone. So one type can convert into the other.
Ubiquinol, the reduced form of COQ10 is much more absorbable by the human body and therefore works faster in producing cellular energy than ubiquinone. It is absorbed up to eight times better than the other form. In order to have the quickest and strongest results, it is best to take the reduced form of the supplement. This will ensure that the most concentrated amount will reach the cells and provide the best results.
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