COQ10 – confused as to what this is? This is a naturally occurring co-enzyme in the body which helps with daily mitochondrial cell functioning. It ensures that cells stay strong and healthy due to its antioxidant properties. Additionally, it aids with the aging process in general when it comes to both body and skin. However, it is of most importance in the realm of medical science when it comes to heart and vascular health. This co-enzyme helps strengthen heart function and keep your blood pressure in the normal range. Today, we review COQ10 ST-100 by Metagenics.
Specific heart conditions managed by COQ10 include heart arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. Other inflammatory conditions also benefit from supplemental COQ10. Examples of these are diabetes, viruses and breast cancer.
There are quite a few COQ10 supplements on the market. Metagenics differentiates theirs by focusing on the purity of their product, its bioavailability and how stable it is.
- Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) 100 mg
- Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol and mixed tocopherols) 100 IU
- D-limonene Oil
- Medium-chain Triglycerides
- Turmeric Powder (Color)
- Zinc Oxide (Color)
The 100 mg dose included is good, but some other products exceed this by more than double. The daily dose allowed is up to 2400 mg but only under strict prescription by a doctor, and then only for severe conditions. Too high a dose should you actually be quite healthy can have damaging effects and can promote an irregular heartbeat as opposed to fixing it.
D-limonene is an organic solvent which helps your body absorb the co-enzyme more readily. VitaminE is a good addition. Most other COQ10 supplements do not include this. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant which enhances that free-radical fighting effect of the co-enzyme. Turmeric does the same and helps with both digestive and heart health, even though the manufacturer states that it is for coloring only. The coloring agents included are natural, which is great to see.Triglycerides are a fat lipid, and stored in the body when an energy release is required.
According to the manufacturer, its product has been designed to boost cardiovascular health, and strengthen and stabilize cell membranes.
One softgel capsule daily as directed by a medical practitioner. Consult your doctor before embarking on taking this as a supplement if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
There should be no side effects. Stop taking the softgel capsules should you notice any adverse changes to your health, and do not overdose on the product.
If you have allergens, note that this product is made in a factory producing products containing soy, dairy, fish, crustacean shellfish, nuts, and tree nuts.
You can buy 60 capsules on Amazon for $62.73. There does not appear to be a bigger size bottle.
We could not uncover any evidence of a returns policy.
Conclusion – Metagenics COQ10 ST-100
On the one hand, the fact that this product does not contain too high a concentration of COQ10 may be a good precaution, but on the other hand, it is still well below what is contained in other, less expensive products. The inclusion of Vitamin E and a solvent to make it easy for the body to absorb COQ10 without its integrity being damaged, is good.
We feel though that a higher dose could have been included, especially for the price. In addition, we are worried that your purchase is seemingly not risk-free. Because the manufacturer does not explicitly state when you can expect to see an improvement in your health, it is not possible to know when the benefits will kick in. However, our research indicates that this should be after 1 month. Finally, COQ10 ST-100 is not allergen free and as such won’t be a safe product if you experience soy, dairy, fish or nut reactions.