Also referred to as ubiquinone, CoQ10 is the spark that provides energy production to every cell in your body including your heart which consumes more energy than any other organ. You get some coenzyme Q10 from the food you consume but most of it is produced naturally by your body. But, before conventional CoQ10 can benefit your body, it needs to be converted by your body into a more advanced form referred to as Ubiquinol.
Ubiquinol is the most reduced version of ubiquinone. Although they’re of the same molecule, after CoQ10 is reduced, it takes on two more electrons and turns into ubiquinol. This conversion occurs millions of times per second inside the mitochondria where energy is produced. Unfortunately, as you age, your bodies’ ability to convert ubiquinone into ubiquinol declines, especially from the age of 30 years. What’s more is that ubiquinol can be absorbed by your body up to eight times faster than ubiquinone.This explains why most adults are opting for the more advanced form of CoQ10.
Other Health Benefits of Ubiquinol
- Apart from converting food into energy, ubiquinol has other health benefits. For starters, it is a lipid-soluble antioxidant. This means that it can work in the lipid parts of your body including cell membranes. This is one of very few fat-soluble antioxidants.
- Ubiquinol is the only lipid-soluble antioxidant that is generated within your body without the need of ingesting it from food.
- Because ubiquinol helps in the production of energy in all cells, anti-aging experts believe optimizing the mitochondria is a powerful strategy to extend your life.
Why Ubiquinol is Better than Ubiquinone
The most important organs in your body including the heart and brain need higher amounts of cellular energy for them to function at optimal levels. For your body to make this energy, it needs CoQ10 in its most reduced form (ubiquinol). Inside the mitochondria, ubiquinol uses the additional two electrons to help convert food to a fuel commonly referred to as ATP.
Unlike ubiquinone, ubiquinol is a powerful antioxidant due to its two extra electrons. These electrons are important because they help in neutralizing free radicals that are produced by the mitochondria. Free radicals are harmful to your body because they are always looking to steal more electrons in your body from proteins, DNA, and lipids. Removing electrons from a cell oxidizes molecules and eventually cause damage to your health. The additional two electrons in ubiquinol are used to neutralize free radicals that would otherwise cause metabolic problems. This means ubiquinol is the only form of CoQ10 that can help protect the mitochondria from free radicals.
Where can you Find Ubiquinol?
You can find small amounts of ubiquinol in the foods you eat like avocados. Unfortunately, you would have to eat over 50 avocados a day to get 100mg of ubiquinol which is the daily recommended amount. However, due to the insufficient dietary CoQ10 intake, you can find this vital nutrient in supplements like Energize by New Earth.
Whether you need additional support for a healthy heart—or you just want to stay healthy as you age, ubiquinol will help promote heart health and healthy energy levels in your body. Keep in mind that over 90 percent of your body’s cellular energy production requires ubiquinol.