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Why Does Q-Gel Contain Medium Chain Triglycerides?

Question: My immunologist suggested I use Q-Gel® brand CoQ10 softgels rather than standard CoQ10. I noticed on your website, however, that these softgels contain medium chain triglycerides. Everything I've read suggests that we need to reduce our intake of triglycerides. Why does this product contain them?

Good question! Triglycerides are chief components of fats and oils, and as such, they get a bad reputation. But we know there are healthy fats and not-so-healthy fats, and the same is true of triglycerides. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are actually beneficial for us. They are processed differently in the body than are long chain triglycerides and are readily digested and absorbed with minimal effort. MCT fatty acids are broken down almost immediately and not stored like other fats. Hospitalized patients who are having trouble digesting food are often given MCTs as a healthy source of calories. They also have application for weight loss help and are a quick source of energy. In fact, coconut oil is one of our most popular supplements because it is an excellent source of MCTs!

The MCTs are part of the patented BioSolv® process that turns fat-soluble CoQ10 into a more bioavailable water soluble form. Swanson Ultra® Q-Gel® CoQ10 is available in many strengths and sizes so you can find the best CoQ10 for your needs.


This question was answered by a trained product specialist at Swanson Health Products. Do you have a question you’d like answered? Send it via email to drea658baic@compend.me.

(Note: as per industry regulations, we cannot and will not answer medical questions, make treatment or diagnosis recommendations or comment on disease inquiries. Such questions must be answered by your doctor or professional health care provider.)

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