Until 1957, the importance – or in fact existence – of COQ10 was unknown. This vitamin-like substance has critical implications for the body as a whole, as it supplies energy to each and every cell in the body. This mitochondrial function is what helps the body work properly, to put it simply. Since the discovery of how important this coenzyme is, many supplement manufacturers have made it available on the market. In this review, COQ10 100 mg by Now Foods is under the spotlight.
COQ10 is found throughout the body, but is especially concentrated in the heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas. It is often prescribed as an aid in fighting immunity-related diseases such as HIV, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and to prevent migraines. By far though its most widespread use is as an aid to heart health and the related gamete of conditions. As a result, it is often used as an aid for keeping blood pressure normal, keeping heart beat strong, and to protect and strengthen heart muscle. It also stops cells from aging too radically, thanks to its anti-aging properties.
COQ10 is of natural origin in the body but synthetic when contained in capsule form.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) 100 mg
- Vitamin E (from Mixed Tocopherols) (soy free) 30 IU
- Bovine gelatin
- organic caramel color
- Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sunflower Lecithin
The first two ingredients are the active ingredients. Each capsule contains 100 mg of COQ10. This is a reasonable dose as you can take up to two servings of this capsule a day. When COQ10 is being used to treat certain diseases, it can be prescribed in very high amounts, but strictly by prescription only.
The rest of the ingredients make up the capsule which is both kosher and halal. It is also allergen-free (contains no soy, gluten, corn, dairy, egg).
We love the synergy of vitamin E and COQ10 in this capsule, because both of them are great antioxidants that are free radical slayers, and keep you as young and healthy as possible. Once vitamin E was disposed with a free radical, it needs to be regenerated by COQ10. In animals, supplementing COQ10 with vitamin E has been shown to decrease and reverse early markers of heart disease. This is promising, although similar research is required in humans.
If you are over 21, take 1 or 2 capsules daily with meals and with water. Seek your doctor’s advice first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or receiving medication. If you are already taking blood pressure medication, for example, your doctor would be able to advise if taking added COQ10 would in fact lower your blood pressure too much, or if it was safe to proceed.
A bottle of 50 capsules costs $21.99 and 150 capsules costs $55.99 on the product website.
We could not find any evidence of a product guarantee as far as the cost of your purchase being refunded goes.
Conclusion – Now Foods CoQ10 100 mg Softgels
Given the far-reaching effects of COQ10, boosting the body with some more is never a bad choice. This supplement is allergen-free, kosher and halal. It is also infused with vitamin E which makes for a powerful disease- and free radical stopping formula as the symbiosis of the two products is more potent than their uses individually.
This is not the highest availability of COQ10 in a capsule though. You could opt to take 2 capsules per day, but then maintaining this supplementary routine long term becomes quite pricey. Where we feel an otherwise good product really falls on its sword though is regarding the guarantee – or rather, the lack thereof. In today’s consumer climate, being able to make a purchase risk-free, especially when trying a product for the first time, should always be an option that’s available and clearly disclosed. If not, it inevitably raises needless anxiety about the actual effectiveness of the product.