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What Type You Use Key to Unlocking CoQ10 Health Benefits

A randomized, double-blind trial comparing two different forms of CoQ10 recently found that the reduced form - called ubiquinol - delivered in a soft gel capsule is much more bioavailable (able to be absorbed by your body) than the traditional form in a hard gel.

Researchers from a Canadian clinical research company called KGK Synergize recruited 10 participants with an average age of 67 for their study. The results are published in the first issue (January 2009) of newly launched Journal of Functional Foods.

Each participant was assigned to receive either 100mg of traditional CoQ10 delivered in a hard gel capsule or 100mg of ubiquinol CoQ10 in a soft gel.

Using blood samples taken from participants, researchers were able to identify that blood concentrations of CoQ10 were higher in the ubiquinol CoQ10 group at five, six, eight, 12, 24, 48 and 72 hours after taking the supplement.

In fact, the amount of CoQ10 in participants’ blood was 430% higher in the group that took ubiquinol compared to those who took the traditional form.

CoQ10 is literally the spark of life. It provides the energy your body needs to function properly. A body without CoQ10 is like a car with no gas: it just won't go.

Until recently, the only CoQ10 available in a supplement was the ubiquinone form. However, about 90% of the CoQ10 your body needs and uses is not ubiquinone, but the reduced form of CoQ10 called ubiquinol.

Your body can convert ubiquinone from a supplement into ubiquinol, but a lot of potency is lost during this process.

Between this conversion, and the different processing methods used to make CoQ10 supplements, bioavailability among CoQ10 products can vary greatly.

For instance, in many traditional CoQ10 products, crystals form around the molecules processing. This makes it more difficult for your body to absorb. The CoQ10 form and delivery method also make a big difference.

Powder and oil-suspended forms have consistently shown to be less absorbable that liquid forms. And soft gel capsules have shown to be more absorbable than hard gels.

Recently there have been some breakthroughs in CoQ10 formulation. A Japanese company called Kaneka figured out how to stabilized the reduced form of CoQ10 (ubiquinol) in a supplement.

They also established a processing method that limits the formation of crystals and use a soft gel capsule for delivery. All of these steps are meant to increase the bioavailability of CoQ10 inside humans.

The results of this study seem to support that the ubiquinol form of CoQ10, processed using crystal-free technology and delivered as a liquid inside a soft-gel is much more absorbable by your body than traditional forms.

CoQ10 has been linked to many significant health benefits. The nutrient has been shown to strengthen your heart, protect your brain against neuro-degenerative diseases, prevent oxidation and is also a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize dangerous free radicals.
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