Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that is found naturally in your body. It is particularly concentrated in the mitochondria—the energy-producing factories in each of your cells. In fact, the mitochondria provide 90 percent of the energy that fuels cellular activity and keeps us alive.
Our levels of CoQ10 naturally decline with age, which is one of the reasons I encourage everyone to take CoQ10 supplements. But a CoQ10 supplement is especially important for people seeking cardiovascular support.
CoQ10 supplements provide a number of cardiovascular benefits, such as supporting normal blood pressure levels, helping to reduce LDL cholesterol oxidation and energizing the heart muscle, to name a few. And if you are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, you should definitely take a CoQ10 supplement.
That said, like many nutritional supplements, not all those containing CoQ10 are the same. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a CoQ10 supplement.
How to Choose Your CoQ10 Supplement
There are a couple of different types of CoQ10 supplements: tablets or capsules composed of powdered CoQ10 and gel caps containing CoQ10 mixed with a little oil. Because CoQ10 is fat-soluble, powdered CoQ10 alone is not well absorbed by the body. This makes gel caps a much better choice.
Most gel caps contain a form of CoQ10 called ubiquinone. However, some gel caps, including the ones I use at Whitaker Wellness, contain a form of CoQ10 called ubiquinol. Both forms are effective, but 95 percent of the naturally-occurring CoQ10 in your body is ubiquinol.
So if you take a CoQ10 supplement containing ubiquinol your body can use it right away. On the other hand, if you take ubiquinone, your body has to first convert it to ubiquinol in order to realize the benefits. And there are no guarantees that this conversion will occur efficiently. That’s why I consider ubiquinol to be the superior of the two.
Make sure the supplement delivers an adequate dosage of CoQ10. For most people, I recommend taking 100–200 mg of CoQ10 in the ubiquinol form daily. But this dose may be doubled or tripled if you need extra cardiovascular support.
Now it’s your turn: Cardiovascular support is only one benefit associated with CoQ10. Do you know some of the others?
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