Over the last 3 or 4 years, the profile and popularity of CoQ10 ubiquinol has skyrocketed. The studies on ubiquinol are slowly reaching the industry and healthcare professionals and this incredible therapeutic product looks to continue its upward trajectory.
Unfortunately, this popularity can lead to the market being flooded with products. Therefore, it is extremely important to review the intricacies of this ingredient and make an informed choice at the store.
To start, ubiquinol as a molecule is not new. It’s the active (reduced) form of coenzyme Q10, and it has been well known about for decades. However, due to its unstable nature, it only reached the market about 4-5 years ago after extensive research and development to stabilize the molecule.
Currently, there is only one manufacturer globally who is mass-producing ubiquinol for use in supplements—Kaneka. While Kaneka has done a great job creating a product stable enough to be used in supplements, due to its instability, it needs to be handled delicately. For this reason, it’s important that ubiquinol supplements are manufactured in oxygen-free equipment (nitrogen-flushed to eliminate oxidation during the manufacturing process). It’s also important that steps be taken to prevent oxidation of ubiquinol in the finished product (since oxygen will travel through the bottles and through the gelatin softgels or capsules).
This is important since ubiquinol can readily oxidize back to ubiquinone (standard CoQ10, which isn’t as effective for many people). Considering the increase in cost for ubiquinol, it’s important that a consumer paying extra to buy ubiquinol, actually gets ubiquinol (and not inexpensive ubiquinone).
While most good manufacturers might have the ability to properly handle ubiquinol, Inno-Vite is the only Canadian company to license the patent that addresses oxidation of ubiquinol in a finished product. With this patent, Inno-Vite can guarantee that all products under the Inno-Q-Nol™ line are 100% ubiquinol at the expiry date. (including the water-soluble line, AquaSorb™, with its unprecedented absorption properties.)
Also Inno-Q-Nol is NON GMO!