CoQ10 Absorption and Bioavailability - Which Type is Best?

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What is CoQ10? Plus, Why is it Important?

Coenzyme Q10 is a compound found naturally in every cell of your body.  CoQ10 is needed for basic cell function and its levels drastically decrease as we age. CoQ10 is concentrated in our mitochondria, which are the power plants of energy production in our body. The heart contains the highest concentration of Coq10 in the body and this one of the reasons that Coq10 supplementation is so important for heart health.

We can't get enough CoQ10 via food and according to Dr. Weil, the average american diet only includes about 10mg of CoQ10 daily; which is way below the recommended dosage range for aging adults which is between 100mg and 300mg daily. The only way to get enough CoQ10 as we age is through supplementation.

There are two forms of CoQ10 the active Ubiquinone form that creates cellular energy, and the inferior reduced Ubuiquinol form of CoQ10 that just acts as an antioxidant in the body.

So Which CoQ10 Supplements are Best?

In search for the  best CoQlO Ubiquinone supplement,  the two most important things are quality and level of absorption and bioavailability.   CoQ10 is lipid soluble and its absorption follows the same pathway as that of fats for its absorption in the body.   Although CoQlO is classified as a lipid soluble substance, its degree of solubility is extremely limited.  Commercially available CoQl0 capsules contain either oil-based suspensions (softgels), or dry powder blends (hard gels). When tested in the laboratory, these products show a total lack of dissolution according to current USP methodology. Such lack of dissolution properties are often indicative of poor absorption and bioavailability.

When taking CoQ10 supplements understanding the absorption and bioavailability becomes important in figuring out the right dosage. In fact several professional sources estimate that when taking your average brand  more than half of the CoQ10 taken will not be absorbed at all, and mean blood levels are even lower.

Most CoQ10 dosage forms exhibit negligible dissolution indicating potentially poor bioavailability.

coq10 q gel research chartThe Patented Bio-Solv® process used in Q Gel Coq10 provides the key to optimum solubilization of CoQlO. Several human studies have been subsequently carried out to compare the relative bioavailability of Q-Gel® with other currently available dosage forms (softgels, tablets and capsules), and the data obtained from these studies clearly demonstrate that Q-Gel® is vastly superior (several times higher relative bioavailability than all other dosage forms tested).

CoQ10 Q-Gel CoQ10 is 3-5 times more potent than other brands

Q Gel Coq10 provides up to 5 times greater absorption (know as bio availability) into the bloodstream over other brands on the market. A study by veteran researcher R. Ferrante and collaborators reported that Q-gel was absorbed 5 times better than the other coq10 in their study.

The secret lies in the revolutionary Bio-Solv® technology (US Patent # 6,056,971), a process which breaks down CoQ10 particles into sub-micron levels, thus making the normally insoluble CoQ10 compound 100% hydro-soluble, and therefore easily absorbable by your body.

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Our #1 Choice for CoQ10 is Solanova Q Gel and it is the Only CoQ10 that we sell.

Solanova Q Gel CoQ10 - 100mg




Clinical Testing of CoQ10 Q Gel


Q-Gel ®, the 100% HYDROSOLUBLE CoQ10, has been proven via seven separate relative bioavailability studies in human subjects, to be the most bioavailable CoQ10 supplement! A relative bioavailability study in dogs has also confirmed these findings. Additional studies have been carried out in rats to determine tissue uptake. Another bioavailability study carried out by an independent group has confirmed the superiority of Q-Gel over oil suspension softgels! In-vitro dissolution and cell-culture studies have also confirmed the absolute superiority of Q-Gel.

This data was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences/Experimental Biology
(Chopra, R., Goldman, R., Bhagavan, H.N., 1997 A new Coenzyme Q10 preparation with enhanced relative Bioavailability).


If You are Currently Taking the Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 - We Don't Recommend it,  Learn Why?



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