Diabetes, Heart, fatigue | March 9, 2017 | Author: Naturopath
CoQ10 (short for Coenzyme Q10) is a compound naturally produced in the body that can also be consumed in the diet or in the form of supplements.
The body primarily uses it for energy production in the mitochondria (plural for mitochondrion) – these are the structures inside our cells known as the powerhouses of the cell, because they are responsible for nearly all the body’s energy production.
In addition to its role in energy production, CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant, protecting our body against the damage done by free radicals, and slowing down the effects of ageing.
Meat, poultry, fish, nuts, soybean oil, and canola oils are the richest nutritional sources of CoQ10, while much lower levels can be found in most dairy products, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and grains.
It is important to know that the method of cooking affects the content of CoQ10 in foods. Approximately 14%-32% of coenzyme Q10 is lost during frying of vegetables and eggs, however; boiling these foods does not seem to change the content of CoQ10.
It is believed that a varied diet can provide sufficient CoQ10 to help prevent deficiency in healthy people. However, levels of CoQ10 in our body naturally decline as we age, and this may contribute to several chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
You may have noticed that CoQ10 supplements come in two forms, ubiquinone and ubiquinol. So what is the difference between the two?
Ubiquinone is the form that has been traditionally used in CoQ10 supplements and in the vast majority of studies. It is the cheaper form of CoQ10 and the most stable.
Ubiquinol is the active (reduced) form of CoQ10. The body converts ubiquinone into ubiquinol, so theoretically it means that taking ubiquinol is more effective as it is more readily usable and more easily absorbed.
Ubiquinol has been approved for therapeutic use in Australia since 2013, and because it costs more to manufacture, it is more expensive for consumers than the more conventional ubiquinone form. It is also more susceptible to oxidation and extra care is needed when storing it.
Many experts believe that ubiquinol is superior for your health; however, others claim that solid evidence is still lacking. If you are unsure which form to use, consult your healthcare professional.
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