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Are You Taking the Wrong Kind of CoQ10? (The Surprising Truth Is You Probably Are…)


Supplement-Science Millions of people suffer daily from a collection of vague symptoms that interfere with their enjoyment of life. These symptoms typically include low energy, cloudy thinking, muscle and joint discomfort.

Oftentimes, wild goose chase of doctors, pharmaceutical drugs and other therapies ensues. Unfortunately and perhaps even more frequently, many just chalk their “mystery” symptoms up to getting older and accept their state of suffering.

Well, if this sounds all too familiar, I’ve got news for you. The solution to your problems could be as simple as correcting a CoEnzyme Q10 deficiency. CoEnzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short, is a cellular energy booster and powerful antioxidant and it is an essential part of your body’s energy-producing process. CoQ10 is found throughout your body, but is most highly concentrated in heart muscles because of the high energy demands there. Low levels of CoQ10 affects many people over the age of 50 and can severely compromise heart function, a fact that many doctors unfortunately either do not understand or refuse to acknowledge.

CoQ10 Fuels Your Heart

When your heart has the high levels of CoQ10 it needs, it can function optimally. But when levels get low, your heart strains to do its job, and ultimately, your entire body suffers. Suboptimal heart function can result in the “mystery” symptoms that people often complain about as they get older, and for which doctors rarely have long-term solutions to offer.

Remember That Your Heart Is Your Engine

I like to think about it this way. Your heart works day in and day out to bring crucial oxygen and nutrients to literally every cell in your body, especially your brain cells. It is essentially the “engine” that is powering your entire body, and on average it needs to beat about 100,000 times a day to get its job done. That means it will beat billions of times over the course of your life. Sounds like a lot of work and strain on the heart muscles? It is, which is why taking care of your heart and keeping it strong is the key to a healthy heart and a long life.

Why Take Supplemental CoQ10?

Many experts agree that it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you age. After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, this depletion of CoQ10 continues to accelerate and by age 70, your natural CoQ10 levels may be 50% lower than they were when you were a young adult![3]

We all know that as we age, our bodies do not perform as well in certain areas. But in many of these cases, there’s little we can do about it. That’s why I get so excited about CoQ10. It’s one tool that enables us to fight back against aging, and provide our bodies with a nourishing antioxidant that it is struggling to produce!

However, age isn’t the only factor that accelerates the loss of CoQ10. You may be shocked to learn that one of the worst culprits is pharmaceutical drugs, especially statins. One in three Americans over 50 take a statin drug, which means that millions of hearts are being needlessly jeopardized on an ongoing basis.

The Benefits of CoQ10 Are Too Good to Ignore

I’ve read hundreds of CoQ10 studies from around the world and I can tell you with confidence that CoQ10 is amazingly safe and well tolerated by the human body. There appears to be no toxicity associated with CoQ10, even at very high levels. A common dose is 100-200 mg per day, but many people safely take doses as high as 600 mg a day. Also, CoQ10 has virtually no side effects. It doesn’t make you jittery or upset your stomach, and it doesn’t conflict with any other medications or supplements you may take.

Here’s just a short list of some of the things CoQ10 does for your body:

  • Energizes your heart and keeps it pumping strong
  • Supports brain health and mental clarity
  • Increases cellular energy and effectively combats fatigue
  • Fights off harmful free radicals that accelerate aging

I’m Not Sure Why Mainstream Medicine Is Anti-CoQ10

In Japan and Europe, CoQ10 is widely accepted by the medical community. In the U.S. however, while CoQ10 is very popular among consumers, many conventional medical doctors have been very reluctant to recommend it. You would think that with so many people on CoQ10-depleting statin drugs now, it would be exactly opposite.

Don’t Get Cheated by Synthetic CoQ10

You can find CoQ10 supplements everywhere, but they’re not all the same, so it’s important to know what to look for. CoQ10 comes in two different isomers, or molecular forms. One form, the trans isomer, is found naturally in the human body. The other form, the cis isomer, must be synthesized in a laboratory. Unfortunately, many supplements are made with the unproven synthetic cis-form of CoQ10. Synthetic CoQ10 is made by combining a compound found in tobacco plants with other chemicals, and generally results in a very impure product. Based on my research, the best form of supplemental CoQ10 is produced by a unique yeast-fermentation process, which yields the natural trans-form of CoQ10. This CoQ10 is bio-identical to the CoQ10 found in the body and free of the impurities found in synthetic CoQ10. Natural, yeast-fermented trans-form CoQ10 is the type of CoQ10 that has been used in the vast majority of clinical trials over the past 30 years.

Choose Ubiquinone, Not Ubiquinol

To further complicate matters, there are two different forms of natural supplemental CoQ10 to choose from: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Both forms occur naturally within the body. Ubiquinone is the industry standard and has been extensively studied. Ubiquinol was developed as a commercial supplement a few years ago, and some supplement manufacturers began to make the claim that this “reduced” form of CoQ10 is better than the ubiquinone form, because it is the form that the body manufactures itself. However, these claims are not substantiated by clinical evidence. In fact, studies show that the body converts ubiquinone to ubiquinol quite efficiently, and the majority of the experts I’ve consulted recommend ubiquinone, which has years of clinical research backing its efficacy. Renowned cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, who pioneered the use of CoQ10 to support heart health, is a strong proponent of “ubiquinone as the best kind of CoQ10 supplement to supplement your cardiovascular nutrition program.”

CoQ10 supplements made from ubiquinol also happen to be vastly more expensive than those made from ubiquinone (sometimes more than double). And while it’s true that your body converts ubiquinone to ubiquinol, it turns out your body benefits from having both forms in its system. In my opinion you can get the best of both worlds by supplementing with ubiquinone — and save lots of money at the same time.

The Best CoQ10 Money Can Buy

I encourage you to shop around and do your research, but the CoQ10 formula that I personally recommend is called MAX-Q10™ by Stop Aging Now. To learn more about MAX-Q10 and get special introductory pricing and free shipping, click here.

Of course, I must disclose that I developed MAX-Q10 after doing extensive research on CoQ10, so naturally, I believe it’s truly the best product available.  I take MAX-Q10 every single day without fail.  Here’s why you should do the same:

• MAX-Q10 is made in a FDA-inspected facility with highly bioavailable trans-form CoQ10 that is cultivated and produced in Texas under the strictest quality control measures.

• The CoQ10 found in MAX-Q10 is bio-identical to that produced naturally within the body and has been used in the vast majority of clinical trials over the past 30 years.

• MAX-Q10 is made using the superior yeast-fermentation method, which provides the most effective form and is what top researchers use when conducting their studies.

• Just one easy-to-swallow softgel per day contains 200 mg of pure CoQ10 with no unnecessary fillers or byproducts.

• It’s enhanced with BioPerine® black pepper extract standardized to 95% piperine. This is the brand used in the research that shows piperine increases in CoQ10 absorption by over 30%!

• MAX-Q10 comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee. That’s right, take it for up to one year, and return it for a full refund if you don’t like it.

• MAX-Q10 costs as low as $14.94 per bottle, which is the same or even less than many discount, low quality brands. Plus it ships to you for free.

I also personally inspect the manufacturing facility where MAX-Q10 is made on a regular basis to make sure my rigorous quality standards are being met to a tee. Lastly, I stand by this product 100% with our 365-day guarantee.

To learn more about MAX-Q10 and get special introductory pricing and free shipping, click here.

Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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32 responses to “Are You Taking the Wrong Kind of CoQ10? (The Surprising Truth Is You Probably Are…)”

  1. Rushhebert says:

    Dr. Mercola recommends ubiquinol over ubiquinone, and states there are multiple studies that show it’s more effective…especially in individuals over the age of 25.

    • Joshua Corn says:

      I have a lot of respect for Dr. Mercola and his work, I disagree with him on
      this point. Based on the research I’ve done, I’m firmly convinced that
      ubiquinone is as effective as ubiquinol for people of all ages – and much more
      economical. It’s my personal belief that the claim that ubiquinol is superior
      to ubiquinone originated as a marketing ploy to get people to buy a more
      expensive form of CoQ10. I have yet to see a research study – that was not
      either conducted by a manufacturer of ubiquinol or conducted on animals
      – produce statistically significant results to support this claim.

      • Thank you!!!! It is far too easy to be taken in by advertising. Seniors, like myself, want to do the “right thing” but the internet is filled with so many scams that we really do no know how to protect ourselves unless someone speaks out with the truth.

  2. […] or CoQ10. I’ve spent a lot of time researching the amazing benefits of CoQ10, and in a recent article, I discussed how a CoQ10 deficiency can cause multiple undiagnosed health […]

  3. Paula Welsh says:

    All I know is that Stop Aging Now’s CoQ10 has made me a believer in the importance of helping your heart. You see I was grieving the loss of my boyfriend 1-10-12, (from pulmonary fibrosis) age 57, you know the grief the kind that goes deep into your core. One night in feb. crying so much I began to have heart pain. Now I know you shouldn’t mess with your heart and I did get scared but I didn’t want to go to the hospital ER (all I could think of was sitting for hours and besides who would take care of my cat) I don’t know how I found Stop Aging Now’s web site that night (yes I went to my computer) and ordered the CoQ10, I’m not kidding, my order arrived, it was like instantly I was feeding my heart . I’m not on any medicine & all I do now is Red-Q10, Hawthorn Extract, & Stop Aging Now’s Multi-Nutrient Vitamins. Made in the U.S.A. Thank-you Jesus for Stop Aging Now. Paula age 53.

  4. […] What to Take: Some people need 2,000 – 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day, or even more, to stay at a good blood level of to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100 – 150 nmol/L). Also Read Could This Deficiency Be to Blame for Your Mystery Symptoms? […]

  5. […] Let’s start with the basics behind the ABO blood grouping system. This system separates blood into four different categories based on specific chemical structures on the surface of each our red blood cells. These structures are called antigens, markers found on the cells of the body that play a large role in the functionality of the immune system. So, blood group A has an “A” antigen, blood group B has a “B” antigen, blood group AB has both “A” and “B” antigens and blood group O has no antigens. Also read Could This Deficiency Be to Blame for Your Mystery Symptoms? […]

  6. Dennis says:

    What is Ubidecarenone CoQ10?

    • roger lochbaum says:

      I have same question re: Co Enzyme Q 10 Ubidecarenone . This is the form in Kirkland Signature Brand of the product sold at CostCo. Is it a safe and/or effective form of CoQ10 to take?

      • Jen Loren says:

        I have the same question. Is the form of CoQ10 (Ubidecarenone) used in the Kirkland Signature (Costco) brand a good one? I have been taking the Costco brand (300 mg softgels) but now think I don’t need to take such a high dosage. This question has been asked twice and not been answered yet.

        • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:


          Ubidecarenone is another name for ubiquinone. However, in order to determine if the Costco brand is good you will want to check to see if the Ubidecarenone is in 100% trans form. If it is not, it will not be an effective supplement. This may require you to contact the manufacturer listed on the label. With regard to dosage, a typical dosage ranges from 150 – 400 mg.

  7. Peter A. Carminati says:

    STATIN drugs are Big Pharma Gangster PROFITS.
    Mainstream medicine is deliberately mis-educated to ignore cures & only treat the symptoms. My PCP demanded recently that I get back on statins. I killed that when I told my cardiologist that I have a macular degeneration in one eye. Even he knew that I was no longer capable of handling statins. My PCP is still not impressed with the good CoQ10.

  8. Sharon Peterson says:

    Does a senior citizen need both CoQ10 and Omega 3’s? They sound like they both do the same things. And I am taking the B-12 that you sell. What a difference that has made in my overall day to day life!

    Thank you for your time.

    • Jake H says:

      i was on lipitor for a year and lost all my strenght. To weak going fishing. Doctor off all things doubled mine inscription. this was 7 years ago. I dropped lipitor and recuperated. Doctor was happy but I thought no use telling him. The only prescription I take of and on is Irbesartan 75 mg in half, for high blood pressure which varies from 140-110, 75 /-85 pulse 45-65. Last stress test taken 5 weeks ago was without fatigue. My cardiologist said see me in 6 months. I have a hiatal hernia, missed by ER after totaling car, have 3 stents put in 4 years ago. Started on natural coQ10 2 years ago. Exercise 20 min, walk briskly for an hour 6 times a week. Am retired and in my 90th year. This is done depending upon the Lord.s sustenance and providence alone! But I use the natural Q10 not the artificial stuff.

      • Casie Terry says:

        This is all great news, Jake! Glad to hear you’ve taken control of your health and are feeling so vibrant. Thanks for sharing!

  9. NIKI says:

    I already take the MAX Q10, when I remember.

  10. […] One group of mice was given an antioxidant cocktail consisting of alpha lipoic acid, vitamin E, and coenzyme Q10, while the other group received placebo-control diets.  The two groups of mice were divided […]

  11. […] Also read Is This Deficiency to Blame for Your Muscle Pain and Mystery Symptoms? […]

  12. Sue says:

    Thank you for explaining the difference between the two CoQ10’s. I have taken the alleged cheaper version and noticed the difference it has made. It actually does provide an energy boost. However, I wasn’t aware of all the other great benefits it offers for taking it.

  13. Robert Beasley says:

    I will be 80 in 2 months. I was a serious jogger from age 40 to 68 and was introduced to COQ10 somewhere in that time. My doctor finally consented to a stress test which he rightly said I did not need. I was always complaining about heart palpitations which he also said were not unusual. I did great on the test, age 59. I went to walking at age 68 due to joint problems. At 70 I had a heart attack with 75 to 80% blockage in the LADA and 65% in the circumflex. I refused any invasive tests and the recommended stents. We did a 64 slice CT scan. At this time I became aware of Ubiquinol and have been taking it for the last ten years. Dr. Whitaker recommends this form over ubiquinone because he states the our bodies do nor convert to ubiquinol as well as in our younger years and since ubiquinol is the most needed form he recommends this form. I have been taking it for ten years and my heart situation is absolutely resolved. Also with the nuclear studies done by my cardiologist over the years the infarct has resolved too. I have no palpitations. I am and have not been on any medication. After the attack I was on Lipitor for 3 months, but then refused to take it further. By the way, I did not go to the hospital either. On the day of the 6am heart attack I just happened to have an appointment at the Va. Heart Institute for 9am, hence I took myself there. I was on ubiquinol then and still am.

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      Thank you for sharing your story. We are glad to hear that taking a CoQ10 supplement has helped you so well. Taking a quality ubiquinone supplement can be just as effective as taking a ubiquinol supplement. But, we certainly understand your view since you have been using the ubiquinol for so long.

  14. […] human cells that produces Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) for the various functions of the body. And a deficiency in CoQ10 level can be responsible for a horde of […]

  15. […] human cells that produces Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) for the various functions of the body. And a deficiency in CoQ10 level can be responsible for a horde of […]

  16. Colleen Long says:

    Cq10 ?
    I am 75 and need help with memory and energy

    • Segen Tekle says:

      Hi Colleen,
      Supplementing with coq10 would be ideal for energy production. After the age of 30, your natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish which is sometimes the reason you start to feel more tired and fatigued. Adding a coq10 supplement can help you start to feel like yourself again! You may also want to consider adding more vitamin b12 to your regimen. Vitamin b12 is an important component of brain cells and can also improve memory function. I’ve included a link with more information on our Max B12 formula:

      Hopefully this helps :)