UBIQUINONE vs. UBIQUINOL: What’s the Dif­fer­ence?

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Coen­zyme Q10 ( CoQ10) is one of your body’s most im­por­tant coen­zymes. Lev­els of this vi­ta­min­like, an­tiox­i­dant- rich nu­tri­ent di­min­ish with age, es­pe­cially af­ter 40, and cer­tain med­i­ca­tions such as statin drugs can fur­ther de­plete it. Mus­cle weak­ness, fa­tigue, and high blood pres­sure are signs you’re not get­ting enough CoQ10. There are two types of sup­ple­ments— ubiquinone and Ubiquinol — and it’s im­por­tant to know the dif­fer­ence. Ubiquinone, the con­ven­tional form, is ox­i­dized and can be harder for the body to con­vert to the ac­tive, nonox­i­dized form, Ubiquinol. As a sup­ple­ment, Ubiquinol is bet­ter ab­sorbed than ubiquinone. Read prod­uct la­bels care­fully— if there’s no men­tion of Ubiquinol on the la­bel, you’re likely get­ting ubiquinone.

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