CoQ10 – Ubiquitous Ubiquinol and Ubiquinone… say that 3 times fast!

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Just one of the two amazing jobs this supplement does is enough to land it on the Fab Five list.

First, let’s talk about energy… on a cellular level. Your computer runs on electricity, your car runs on gas and your cells (therefore your body) run on ATP. Much like the other fuel sources, ATP needs to be processed and is consumed. But instead of one power plant producing enough electricity to power millions of computers, your body is equipped with a power plant in each cell to produce ATP. Yep, we have trillions of little power plants using the calories we eat to produce the ATP we need.

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There are a number of processes the body uses to produce ATP, but the main one by far is called the Krebs Cycle and CoQ10 is required. The Krebs Cycle is an amazingly elegant and complex system that creates about 30 units of ATP from just 1 glucose molecule. If CoQ10 is not available to a given cell, then that tiny power plant has to shutdown.

Second, free radicals… one theory of aging is the free radical theory. Free radicals are defined as any atom or molecule with unpaired electrons on the outer shell. To us that usually means oxygen free radicals.

Free radical production is normal and in itself not a problem. However, lifestyle, age, poor diet and statin drugs can offset our natural balance. Too many free radicals can cause what’s called oxidation stress to your cells, tissues and organs resulting in damage and inflammation. One of the best things you can do is eat lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Where does CoQ10 fit? It’s a powerful antioxidant found in every cell of your body, so right place at the right time with the right superpower! Also, it helps convert vitamin C and vitamin E back to their reduced states, which allows them to work as antioxidants again too.

Why supplement CoQ10? CoQ10 exists in 3 states, reduced, partially reduced and oxidized. We’ll just talk about the reduced and oxidized… don’t worry, there won’t be a test later, but it’s important to touch on this. When we eat food that contains CoQ10, we are eating the oxidized form, but all the benefits come from the reduced form. Meats and vegetable oil are high in CoQ10. It’s in nuts, vegetables and fruit too, but in smaller quantities. Up until our mid 20’s we seem to do a great job at absorbing and converting CoQ10 to it’s reduced form. By age 35 it’s probably best to just take the reduced CoQ10.

Statin drugs directly affect your ability to produce CoQ10, so if you’re taking one, please talk to your doctor about supplementing CoQ10.

Which one to take? When you see CoQ10 it’s usually the oxidized form known as Ubiquinone. And until you’re about 35, Ubiquinone is probably a good choice since your body is still doing a good job at converting it to the reduced form and because it’s usually about 3x cheaper. The reduced form is called Ubiquinol… if you’re over 35 then this is the one for you.

Last week I didn’t recommend a specific supplement because I didn’t want to turn this into a sales letter. However, I received more than enough emails to make a change this week.

Whether you buy CoQ10 from us or not, try finding brands that use KanekaQ10. Kaneka is recognized as an industry leader, so you’ll know you’re getting the good stuff.

Ubiquinone (oxidized form) (age 25 -35)

Ubiquinol (reduced form) (age 35+)

and since I didn’t put a probiotic on last week… here’s a great one

Finally, thanks for all the concern for Brock! Besides getting smoked by me last night in a game of Candy Land, he’s back to 100%.


Co-Founder of NutritionGeeks, retired USAPL drug-free powerlifter, volunteer youth wrestling coach, father of 3 amazing boys and interested in all things health

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