There are two forms of CoQ10, ubiquinol and ubiquinone. Which is the best form of CoQ10 to take? Here's what you need to know.
Years ago when I first learned about coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), few doctors had heard of it amongst the many heart vitamins available. Now, I couldn’t imagine practicing cardiology without it.
That’s because CoQ10 is the “spark” that fuels energy production inside every single cell—including your heart, which is the biggest energy user in your body. But as we age, our bodies’ natural CoQ10 production declines. Plus, cholesterol lowering statin drugs can deplete your body's supply of CoQ10 even further. So, I feel very strongly that everyone should take a CoQ10 supplement every day.
What is the Best Form of CoQ10 to Take, Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol?
I’m asked that question quite often. There are two forms of CoQ10, ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is the form your body makes naturally. So, advertisers have capitalized on that fact, saying that it’s the easier form for your body to use and absorb. Not surprisingly, it’s also the more expensive form of CoQ10. But as a cardiologist who has been studying and using CoQ10 for 30 years, I have yet to see solid evidence to back up the claim that the pricier ubiquinol form is the best form of CoQ10. Through my research and clinical experience on heart vitamins, I’ve found that ubiquinone gives you the same benefits at a much lower cost.
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What's the Best CoQ10 Dosage?
I recommend a minimum daily dose of 50 to 100 mg of CoQ10. If you’re over 60 or on a statin drug, I recommend taking 100 to 200 mg daily. I also suggest dividing the dosages, taking half of your daily CoQ10 dosage in the morning and the rest in the afternoon. That’s because when CoQ10 is taken twice a day, as opposed to one, the blood levels remain higher throughout the day.
When your CoQ10 levels are where they should be, not only does your heart, brain and entire body benefit—you’ll also feel it in your energy level. In fact, I’ve had patients tell me that the “energy shortage” they chalked up to aging actually came back once they increased their CoQ10 intake. Amongst all of the heart vitamins, the benefits of CoQ10 were the most noticeable!
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