What is CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a popular antioxidant recommended for a variety of conditions from heart conditions to migraines and even fertility challenges.

  Fun fact: CoQ10 is not a vitamin!

  It’s a nutrient that exists in almost every cell of the human body.

 In your body, CoQ10 shifts back and forth between two states in a continuous cycle: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. 

 CoQ10 supplements on the market will be one of these two forms. 

What is ubiquinone / ubiquinol 


This is the oxidized version of the nutrient.  We get some of this nutrient from the food we eat, but most of our supply is made naturally inside our bodies.

  • Our bodies have to convert this form of CoQ10 into Ubiquinol before it can be used to create cellular energy.
  • The ability to convert Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol decreases as we age.
  • Unconverted, conventional CoQ10 can’t contribute to cellular energy production.


This is the antioxidant form of CoQ10 and its role is creating cellular energy to help fuel your cellular energy.-heart and other organs.

We make less of the heart-healthy nutrient starting around age 40..

  • This is the  preferred supplement form of CoQ10 because it’s absorbed easier in the body than conventional CoQ10.
  • Only known fat-soluble antioxidants are made naturally in the body. Predominant form of CoQ10 in a healthy young adult.
  • Ubiquinol has been shown to be up to 70% more bioavailable than ubiquinone in older healthy adults and in cardiac patients.

 Which form of CoQ10 is better?

Both ubiquinone and ubiquinol have high bioavailability. 

One study found that there was no significant difference in the absorption of various CoQ10 formulations and that CoQ10 appeared in the blood as ubiquinol, even if it was consumed as ubiquinone. Another study of seven different supplement formulations found large differences in the bioavailability of formulations, with the best absorbable formulations being soft-gel capsules containing either ubiquinone or ubiquinol.

It is important to note that ubiquinone has been on the market longer and has been used in the vast majority of clinical trials of CoQ10 (including those studying the benefits of CoQ10 for fertility). Both forms of CoQ10—ubiquinol and ubiquinone—are considered safe, with few side effects.

What is ubiquinol good for?

Heart and Energy: CoQ10 and Ubiquinol

CoQ10 is essential for the mitochondrial synthesis of energy, acts as an antioxidant that promotes healthy aging in older adults, (dogs) and supports the healthy functioning of large organs, especially the heart and liver. 

CoQ10 comes in a few forms, but the recommended form for cats and dogs is ubiquinol.

Ubiquinol is the reduced, active form of CoQ10, meaning it’s already converted to the state that the body (including animal bodies) can use. 

Supplements such as CoQ10 and Ubiquinol are great ways to give an older dog a new lease on life, allowing them to participate in physical activities that will greatly improve their quality of life and levels of enjoyment. Dogs with gum disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease may benefit as well. 

  1. Ubiquinol as an Antioxidant- to strengthen our immune system!

It’s also a strong antioxidant that protects cell membranes and keeps them stable. Ubiquinol offers a wide range of health benefits, it supports- heart health, the production of cellular energy, fertility, healthy cholesterol and general health and wellbeing in older individuals.  Whereas the Ubiquinone is possibly better for those under 40yrs old. 

 Many foods have small amounts of Ubiquinol CoQ10

 Eat To Live Well!!

 it’s much easier -and safer – to get the nutrient in supplement form.

Here are just a few foods that you can find traces of Ubiquinol: 

  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Oysters
  • Avocado

For detailed research studies- dietary suggestions & more ..



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There are multiple reasons why you need to look into this supplement.. I have shared just a few.. But if you want to increase your energy- improve your heart health or some other area in health explore more..it can’t hurt; it’s not toxic and it’s affordable.. 

The site – ubiquinol.org offers a TON of information and a variety of products to consider.. I’m not making a dime sharing this info with you.

  I’m simply happy I found out about this for  Bella…

A Note of Caution

Be sure to check with your Integrative Dr. or Veterinarian before starting you or your pet on a regimen of supplements.  

I highly recommend , if you have a pet, to work with  an Integrative Vet. I recently discovered Dr. Karen Becker, drkarenbecker.com ; she was doing a FB live presentation about the benefits with Ubiquinol on dogs that have Mitral valve disease. I shared the information with my Integrative vet @ helping hands Vet, in Lynnwood and she agreed it’s a great addition to help Bella with her heart needs.  

  From my previous blogs you can read about Bella and her health.

 There isn’t anything I wouldn’t try to help her with. So far this Ubiquinol has helped. 

Pets are such a source of comfort and joy, and witnessing their pain is so difficult. I’ve been searching for the Best support for my dog ; while in the process I found something to enrich my own well being!

Along with medications- diet and exercise, nutritional supplements can help you and your pet live a long and vibrant life. 

 You don’t need to be wealthy to achieve good health. 

In closing–

Every challenge we encounter in life is a fork in the road. We have a choice to choose which way to go- backward, forward, freeze or breakthrough! 

We can find what we want; it simply takes action and to never give up!

This is the Art of Living Well.

Thank-you for visiting

Take good care of you and your loved ones..

Having the Best Health is worth pursuing!


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This article is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to be used as or substituted for medical advice.  Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions about your health or a medical condition.  Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have read on the internet.


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