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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:35 PM
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how do you know if a gel pill is water soluble?
The coQ10 that I bought doesn't indicate if it is water soluble. I asked a pharmacist today at Walgreen's, and she had no clue. And yet the recommendation from the cardiologist is for "water soluble" gel cap.

So how does one know?
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:36 PM
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1. ...besides sticking one in a glass of water and waiting to see?
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Fresh_Start Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:36 PM
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3. thats my thought as well nt
nt
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:36 PM
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2. Put it in water
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tachyon Donating Member (520 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:38 PM
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4. Drop it into a tin can full of gasoline. If it dissolves, it probably isn't water soluble.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:38 PM
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5. They are water soluble. Made of gelatin.
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 04:39 PM by sparosnare
They're a mixture of gelatin derived proteins; they're used because they dissolved so quickly. Even if it doesn't say water soluble on the packaging, they are. :hi:
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:43 PM
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6. okay...
...I thought it was the contents they were talking about being soluble, not the capsule itself. Guess not. Thanks.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:47 PM
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7. You're talking about the Q10! (sorry)
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 04:48 PM by sparosnare
In it's natural form it's fat soluble, but they make a water soluble form and I would expect that if it's in a gel cap, it is. I'd try to dissolve in water to be sure. :hi:
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:14 PM
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10. You can also ask the Pharmacist, that way you won't have to guess at what to buy.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:59 PM
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8. You could always stick in a glass of water
to find out, although the water will then taste quite nasty. The gel coating will dissolve. If the CoQ 10 is oil soluble, there will be blobs of oil on the surface of the water. My best guess is that your gelcap contains the oil soluble form of it. It's the cheaper form and compensates for less bioavailability by increasing the dose.

CoQ 10 is naturally oil soluble.

Companies have developed a stable CoQ 10 that is water soluble, but you're probably not going to find it in the vitamin rack at a drugstore. You'll have to go to a health foods store and expect to pay through the nose for it. It will be in tablet, softgel or powder form. The dose will be lower than what it says on the gelcap label but you'll use more of the dose.

Here's a discussion from one company that markets it: http://www.q10vital.si/index.php?/content/view/36/20 /

A discussion of the various dosage forms is at http://www.rejuvenation-science.com/coenzymeq10.html
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:59 PM
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9. You might have to special order it
Apparently there are some that are water soluble but most definitely are not.

http://www.valens.si/coenzymeq10-eng.php

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/news-by-product/pro...

Not sure about the gel cap part, either, but Google is your friend.



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