Q. Good morning, Dr. Judy. Let’s talk about the Coenzyme Q10 research you have done in your career. But, first, do you remember when you first met Dr. Karl Folkers, the grand old man of Coenzyme Q10 research?
A. Good morning. Yes, I met Dr. Folkers in 1968. He had just started the Institute for Bio-Medical Research at UT in Austin. He came to talk to Dr. Les Geddes and Dr. Lee Baker in the Physiology and Biophysics Department at Baylor University Medical School in Houston, Texas. He talked to them about the bio-electrical impedance method for non-invasively measuring cardiac function in heart failure patients.
Q. Good morning, Dr. Judy. Thank you for taking some time for q10facts.com. Last time we talked about the safety of Coenzyme Q10. What about the absorption and bioavailability of Coenzyme Q10? That has been a special area of research for you at the SIBR Research Institute, I think.
A. Good morning. Yes, you are correct. I have been involved in several clinical studies of the efficacy of Coenzyme Q10 supplementation, but my big interest for the past 20 years has been in testing the absorption and bioavailability of the various Coenzyme Q10 supplements. Maybe I should start by distinguishing between absorption studies and bioavailability studies.