CoQ 10

Genetics test tubes
By Risa Schulman, PhD
November 18, 2019

A holistic read of an individual’s health provides us with the clues needed to tailor treatment recommendations. But one of the less accessible parts of the total picture is the role of genetics. We know that SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) can affect an individual’s ability to utilize dietary supplements. Could this factor be at work when taking coenzyme Q10?

It turns out the answer is yes. There is a SNP called NQ01 that affects the body’s ability to convert coenzyme Q10 to Ubiquinol. Let's take a closer look at what happens there.

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By Risa Schulman, PhD
November 01, 2019

Ubiquinol, the reduced and active form of coenzyme Q10, is well known for its critical function in the production of cellular energy. But it also plays a key role in heart health, based on its unique abilities. As a person ages, these functions can be compromised, increasing the need for Ubiquinol supplementation for both heart health and overall wellness.

Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone) is naturally synthesized in the body. It is converted to Ubiquinol by the addition of two electrons in an enzymatic redox reaction. Ubiquinol is thus the reduced form of coenzyme Q10.

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