Your body naturally produces conventional CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, which is later converted by the body into Ubiquinol.
Ubiquinol is found in every cell of the body, including the heart and brain. The Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 is essential in the production of cellular energy and protection against oxidative stress. Your heart, lungs and other energy demanding organs require Ubiquinol to function at optimal levels.
Around the age of 40, the body has a harder time completing this conversion, which can result indecreased production of Ubiquinol. Additionally, while the Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 is naturally present in some foods, it may be difficult to consume adequate levels of Ubiquinol through the ordinary diet, especially as we age.
Also, some prescription medications (such as cholesterol lowering statins) may also decrease the amount of Ubiquinol CoQ10 in the body.
Because the body must still convert conventional CoQ10 into Ubiquinol to contribute to cellular energy production, taking a conventional CoQ10 supplement may not be enough if you are over the age of 40 or if you take cholesterol-lowering statin medicine.
A Ubiquinol supplement can replenish the Ubiquinol in your body more effectively than conventional CoQ10 because it is more bioavailable and already in the form required to assist with the production of cellular energy.