How to Choose and Use CoQ10 and Ubiquinol — Tips from Dr. Tod Cooperman at ConsumerLab.com

How to Choose and Use CoQ10 and Ubiquinol — Tips from Dr. Tod Cooperman at ConsumerLab.com

November 7, 2019 2 By Ewald Bahringer


Hi, I’m Dr. Tod Cooperman, president and
founder of ConsumerLab.com, and I’m here to talk today about CoQ10 and ubiquinol
supplements. Now, ConsumerLab has been testing vitamins and supplements since
1999 and reporting those results online at ConsumerLab.com and we’ve just
published our report on these products on our website and i’m here to talk
about some of the key findings — it’s key things you need to know about CoQ10
and ubiquinol if you’re going to take them as a supplement. First of all, the
reason why CoQ10 is so popular is that when you take a statin drug — and statins,
like Lipitor and others, are among the most popular prescription drugs in the
world — when you take a statin your CoQ10 levels fall. Many physicians want to see
those levels brought back up to normal levels, and so they recommend
CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements. It’s not completely clear that you have
to raise those levels back up, but that is the theory that really that drives CoQ10
usage in general, and also people feel that they have a little more energy when
they have CoQ10 back at the normal levels. Some clinical evidence actually
does show that, although more research really needs to be done. CoQ10
has been shown to actually help people with congestive heart failure — it may help the heart pump better, it may help people with migraines, it does
actually in itself lower cholesterol a little bit as well. But what you need to
know is that these two different forms, CoQ10 and ubiquinol can both raise
your CoQ10 levels. Ubiquinol is actually the active form of
CoQ10. About 90% of CoQ10 once you absorb it into your body is converted to
ubiquinol. If you take the ubiquinol form, such as this product here, others,
you actually may be getting a higher boost kind of from that then if you took
an equivalent amount of CoQ10, although, again, either one can be fine. The other
thing to know about the different forms and formulations of CoQ10 is that CoQ10 and ubiquinol are both fat soluble, like turmeric and curcumin,
vitamin D also fat soluble, so you need to take these with a meal that contains
fats or oils — could be even a large salad with with olive oil on it — that
will stimulate bile production that will help help you absorb the the CoQ10 or ubiquinol. If you can’t take these products with a fatty a meal containing
fats and oils, you can take a form that has been already solubilized or made
water-soluble, hydrosoluble, with compounds like polysorbate 80, also black
pepper can help enhance bioavailability, so if you’re not going to be able to
take it with a meal containing fats or oils you should look into these other
formulations that are enhanced for absorption. They do cost more though. So
you can you can get by, we found, spending as little as seven cents per hundred
milligrams for CoQ10. If you’re going to take it with a fatty meal, if you’re not
you might have to spend considerably more to get that boost from the bioavailability enhanced versions. In terms of side effects, typically mild,
not that common. CoQ10 can energize you, there’s some clinical evidence
suggesting that ,so you may not want to take it before you go to sleep or take
it something probably best to take it some time before dinner. Also higher
dosages seem to be associated with this difficulty falling asleep. Other than
that just be aware the typical dosage is about 50 to 200 milligrams of CoQ10
or ubiquinol per day. Again, you may be able to get by with less if you take
ubiquinol, but you’ll probably be spending maybe four times as much for
the ubiquinol just to get a boost of maybe two times over the CoQ10,
so, again, economically CoQ10 kind of straight and without
any kind of special formulation taken with a fatty meal is probably your best
bet. We have tremendous information, more details, and details about the specific
products: Which one’s passed which ones failed, which ones were our top picks, all
in our report on ConsumerLab.com, and so, if you have any questions, feel free to
post them where you see this video, otherwise take a look at our report on
CoQ10 and thanks very much for your time.