The most commonly recognized supplemental form of CoQ10 has been known as “ubiquinone” or “coenzyme Q10.” Years ago, Japan’s biggest producer of CoQ10, Kaneka has found a way to stabilize a pure and BIO-IDENTICAL form of the nutrient. It is called ubiquinol, and it’s the downline metabolite of CoQ10. In other words, it’s the biologically ACTIVE version of CoQ10 so it’s stronger, and it slips right into your cells. There is no need to worry about whether or not your body (and your gut) can convert the CoQ10 to it’s active form (ubiquinol).
This is REALLY important…
As you age, not only do you produce less CoQ10, but your body becomes less efficient at converting CoQ10 to the active form – Ubiquinol
Certain people have a real hard time converting the CoQ10 to ubiquinol, especially people with diabetes, GI problems, autoimmune disorders, and those with heart disease. So ubiquinol would be ideal for people who fit in this group, but because you get higher plasma concentrations with ubiquinol, I recommend it for everyone.
It’s definitely improved and worth it because ubiquinol is a powerful antioxidant that nourishes your muscle cells. It can help you with leg cramps, especially those related to the drug mugging effect of your medications (see below). It can improve the look of your skin, it can improve liver function and detoxification. It can increase ATP in the cells, so it’s an energizing molecule… it’s great for fatigue and low thyroid!
There are hundreds of medications which could be slowly stealing the life out of you. I believe that when a drug steals a nutrient, you will develop a new symptom. You may not realize that your new symptom is related to a drug-nutrient depletion. Please consider all the reasons why you might not be feeling as good as you used to, it’s not always black and white, and based on some lab result. If you are weak and tired, it may be your blood pressure medicine, or your statin, or your hormones, you’ll see these drugs on the list below.
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The subject of vitamins, minerals and nutrients is explored in-depth in my best-selling book Drug Muggers, which explains to you how to feel better when you develop a symptom (so you don’t have to start yet another new drug!!!)
Wouldn’t that be wonderful? If you knew what medicines were depleting a nutrient, you could quickly fix that deficiency and hopefully erase the symptoms that plague you (without having to resort to more and more pills). The following list of medications are those that can interfere with your heart-healthy nutrient, CoQ10 and therefore ubiquinol.
Read the list and see if you’re medicine is on it. If you are not sure, please call your local pharmacist to find out if your medication is on the list since I cannot answer you personally. I’ve included as many international brand names as possible, but it helps if you know the “generic” name of your medicine.
With many wishes for great health, here is the BIG LIST of:
Drug Muggers of CoQ10, and therefore Ubiquinol:
Acebutolol (Sectral, Prent)
Amiloride and Hydrochlorothiazide (Moduretic)
Atenolol and Chlorthalidone (Tenoretic)
Betaxolol (Betoptic eye drops, Kerlone)
Candesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Atacand HCT)
Carteolol (Ocupress eye drops)
Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide (Vaseretic)
Glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL)
Glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Euglucon)
Glyburide and Metformin (Glucovance)
Hydralazine and Hydrochlorothiazide (Apresozide)
Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, and Reserpine (Ser-Ap-Es)
Hydrochlorothiazide or HCTZ (Hydrodiuril)
Hydrochlorothiazide and Reserpine (Hydropres, Hydroserpine)
Hydrochlorothiazide and Spironolactone (Aldactazide)
Hydrochlorothiazide and Triamterene (Maxzide, Dyazide)
Hydroflumethiazide (Diucardin, Saluron)
Indapamide (Lozol, Lozide, Apo-Indapamide)
Irbesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Avalide)
Labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate)
Losartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Hyzaar)
Lovastatin (Mevacor, Apo-Lovastatin, Anlostin, Aztatin, Belvas)
Methdilazine (Bristaline, Dilosyn, Disyncram)
Methotrimeprazine (Apo-Methoprazine, Novo-Meprazine; Nozinan)
Methyclothiazide (Enduron, Aquatensen)
Methyldopa (Aldomet, Apo-Methyldopa)
Methyldopa and Hydrochlorothiazide (Aldoril, Apo-Methazide)
Metolazone (Zaroxolyn, Mykrox)
Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL, Apo-Metoprolol, Betaloc, Durules, PMS-Metoprolol)
Moexipril and Hydrochlorothiazide (Uniretic)
Pravastatin (Pravachol, Apo-Pravastatin)
Prazosin and Polythiazide (Minozide)
Propranolol and Hydrochlorothiazide (Inderide)
Protriptyline (Vivactil, Triptil)
Repaglinide (Prandin, GlucoNorm)
Simvastatin (Zocor, Apo-Simvastatin, Revastat, Simvacor, Lisac, Cardin)
Sotalol (Betapace, Alti-Sotalol)
Telmisartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Micardis-HCT, Micardis Plus)
Thioridazine (Mellaril, Apo-Thioridazine)
Timolol (Timoptic, Apo-Timol,
Tolbutamide (Apo-Tolbutamide, Diabetose)
Trichlormethiazide (Metahydrin, Naqua)
Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT)
If you think you are being mugged by one of these drugs, the best thing to do is to supplement with UBIQUINOL. A good place to start is with 100 mg per day. As far as I’m concerned, you could take 200 mg per day.
If you are taking CoQ10, you would take twice the amount, for example (and this is approximate):
100 mg of CoQ10 is equivalent to 50 mg ubiquinol
Suzy Cohen, has been a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years and believes the best approach to chronic illness is a combination of natural medicine and conventional. She founded her own dietary supplement company specializing in custom-formulas, some of which have patents. With a special focus on functional medicine, thyroid health and drug nutrient depletion, Suzy is the author of several related books including Thyroid Healthy, Drug Muggers, Diabetes Without Drugs, and a nationally syndicated column.