Why have Bio-Quinone Q10 and Bio Active Q10 Ubiquinol?
Coenzyme Q10 occurs in two forms; oxidised (ubiquinone) and reduced (ubiquinol). The normal functioning of Q10 requires the inter-conversion
of these forms within the body. Until recently, coenzyme Q10 supplements were only available in the oxidised form, as ubiquinone.
Most people are able to absorb supplemental Q10 in this form adequately. However, certain categories of people may be less able to absorb this form of Q10. These include the elderly, as well as people with liver disease, pancreatic disease, digestive disorders such as IBS, and following digestive tract surgery. For such categories of people, Q10 is more easily absorbed in the reduced (ubiquinol) form, as BioActive Q10.
What is so special about BioActive Q10 Ubiquinol?
Ubiquinol is extremely sensitive to the effects of air and light. BioActive Q10 contains ubiquinol in a stabilised form, using specially developed lightproof and air-proof packaging to prevent oxidation via a unique patented process. Pharma Nord is therefore able to guarantee the stability of this product during the whole of the product shelf life. Inferior brands of Q10 sold in tablet form and in jars cannot guarantee the bio-availability of the active ingredients within.
What is Coenzyme Q10?
Every cell within the body requires a constant supply of energy to survive and function - without this constant energy supply the cells die.
Different tissues within the body may have particular energy requirements to function optimally- a good example is muscle tissue, which has an extremely high-energy requirement during physical exertion. Without an adequate energy supply in such circumstances, individuals may feel tired and lacking motivation to undertake physical exercise. This can even affect how we feel when carrying out daily tasks.
Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring, vitamin-like substance that plays a key role in the body’s energy supply process.
Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) is required to convert sugars and fats from food into energy, in the form of a specific molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This process takes place in specialized structures within cells called mitochondria. Coenzyme Q10 is also important as an antioxidant, helping to protect tissues from the damaging effects of free radicals produced within the body.
Some coenzyme Q10 is manufactured within the body, with the remainder being obtained from the diet. As individuals age, the body is less able to maintain optimal levels of coenzyme Q10. In addition, coenzyme Q10 levels are depleted by lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption and smoking, as well as by physical exertion, illness or by taking statins.
Dietary supplementation can help to maintain optimal levels of coenzyme Q10 within the body. Coenzyme Q10 supplements can be effective for chronic fatigue, and may also improve athletic endurance. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation also helps to maintain healthy muscles and a healthy cardiovascular system.
Pharma Nord manufacture all of their products to pharmaceutical standards and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practice. This is a guarantee of safety and efficacy. Coenzyme Q10 has been subject to over 1000 clinical studies, with no contraindications reported. There are over 70 studies featuring Bio-Quinone Q10, which is a reference product for the International Q10 Association. As a precaution, anyone taking prescription medication may wish to consult a doctor before taking Q10.
The safety of ubiquinol has been demonstrated in a clinical study reported by Hosoe et al (2007): Study on the safety and bioavailability of ubiquinol after single and 4-week multiple oral administration to healthy volunteers. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol; 47(1): 19-28.
How much should you take?
Most nutritionists and experts believe that the optimum Q10 intake is in the range 30-300mg per day, preferably taken in split doses. Pharma Nord Q10 is produced in an oil-based gel capsule to ensure better absorption.