What type of CoQ10 should I take?

Water soluble form of CoQ10

You may have heard of CoQ10. In a previous post, I mentioned how CoQ10 can help with cellular energy. But what you may not know is there are 2 types of CoQ10: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. When selecting a supplement that contains CoQ10, which type will be absorbed best by your body? Well, it turns out this absorption, aka bioavailability will depend on how it is formulated. CoQ10 can be formulated in several ways: powder, gelatin capsule and a water soluble gelatin.  Research shows that powder forms have the worst bioavailability. Gelatin caps are in the middle and the water soluble form of CoQ10 has the best absorption.   What about ubiquinol verses ubiquinone? Ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10 and ubiquinone is the oxidized form.  Ubiquinol is the predominant form of CoQ10 circulating in the blood but it is not clear if this is better for the body since both types of CoQ10 exist and can be transformed into each other.  Research shows what matter is that the CoQ10 either as ubiquinone or ubiquinol is in a water soluble form.   Where can you get this water soluble CoQ10? Swanson’s vitamins carries this type of CoQ10.  Raj Chopra who is credited with creating this technology that increased CoQ10 bioavailability works with Swanson to make this product available to the public.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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