Ubiquinol CoQ10, also known as Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance. It is involved in several key steps in the production of energy within a cell, and also functions as an antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radical damage. Although our bodies have the ability to make CoQ10, certain factors deplete it including illness, stress, aging, and cholesterol-lowering “statin” medications. CoQ10 depletion leads to degeneration of cells, which ultimately may contribute to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and tissue breakdown. CoQ10 has proven benefits in the following areas: obesity, statin therapy, age-associated mental impairment, hypertension, heart disease, congestive heart failure, cancer, diabetes mellitus, and gum disease.
The Center for Nutrition recommends high quality soft gels with oil suspensions of CoQ10. This formulation gives consistently better absorption than dry formulas. General supplementation dose is 1 twice daily with food to increase absorption.