Ubiquinol is the reduced form of the CoQ10 enzyme important to proper functioning of the body’s many microscopic power factories known as mitochondria. The less expensive oxidized form of CoQ10 known as ubiquinone must first be chemically reduced to ubiquinol before it will benefit mitochondrial health.
Ubiquinone is generally the least expensive form of CoQ10 supplementation when considered purely on cost per milligram. However, it is consistently regarded as only half to one eight as effective on a per milligram basis versus more expensive supplements such as ubiquinol and idebenone. Therefore ubiquinol is often the better choice for those who suffer from health effects due to low CoQ10 levels.
Please see our summary on CoQ10 for comparisons between the various CoQ10 type of supplements and additional discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
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