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Which Supplement Brands Should You Trust?

Which Supplement Brands Should You Trust?

Not getting the right CoQ10 supplement could be putting your heart at risk.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant produced naturally by the human body and performs many important functions. As such, there are many diseases associated with CoQ10 deficiency, such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others. Supplementing with CoQ10 can raise levels of this antioxidant in the body, but many supplements on the market are not delivering the promised potency, underscoring the importance of buying supplements from trusted companies.

One of CoQ10’s main uses is for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction. Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death in the US; three out of four patients with heart diseases have low levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 can help with heart disease in a variety of ways. It is an antioxidant that helps mediate oxidative stress, which is believed to contribute to the development of CVD; it plays a role in the heart’s energy needs; it also has anti-inflammatory effects, and heart failure, for example, is associated with a chronic pro-inflammatory state.

CoQ10 has been shown to improve heart failure symptoms and reduce major adverse cardiovascular events; it can lower blood pressure; it can lower cholesterol in patients with coronary artery disease.

CoQ10 is often taken by people who also take statins because these drugs decrease CoQ10 levels, which can lead to muscle pain; supplementing with CoQ10 can help alleviate these symptoms. Statins can also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, but supplementing with CoQ10 can help protect against statin-induced insulin resistance.

Given the many uses of CoQ10, and the fact that many sick patients (those with high cholesterol or coronary artery disease) take it to protect against further health issues, it is critical that patients can trust that they are getting what is on their CoQ10 bottle. Recent tests unfortunately show that this is not the case.

NOW Foods, one of our recommended supplement companies, tested 10 CoQ10 brands available on Amazon. None of the tested brands contained the advertised potency; five of the brands had less than 20 percent of the potency claimed on the label.

Caveat emptor—buyer beware! Consumers need to do their homework before committing to a supplement brand that is not delivering the potencies that are advertised on their labels.

Read NOW’s full report to see the list of brands tested.

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7 thoughts on “Which Supplement Brands Should You Trust?

  • Dianna Kogelmann

    We all now need mental health in these tragic times. I myself, am I a mood I cant get out of. Soooo angry. Meds dont help.

  • BChristine

    I have bought some supplements from NOW Brand. However, many times their supplements contain questionable ingredients … fillers and additives that are NOT good for the body, like magnesium stearate and other stearic acids, silicon dioxide, etc. I do not believe they carry the organic seal or the Non-GMO verified seal either. I am surprised that ANH is endorsing their supplements so highly.

  • D Parker

    Depending on Now to rate supplement and manufacturing quality results in an insider report. How is that dependable?

  • Gratia M Nagle

    This appears biased. The only CoQ10 products listed are by NOW. There must be other
    brands that are equally valid. I don’t see ANY competitors named that are effective
    and safe from “respected companies”. The headline is misleading by stating others were

  • V

    I understand that NOW brand does wonderful in-house testing on their products….but they do not do any independent third party testing. Isn’t this akin to the fox guarding the hen house? I have a medical background and spend a lot of time researching brands for the supplements I use to treat my CA holistically, thus I have many who seek me out for suggestions and recommendations. I do not recommend any brands that do not utilize third party testing. It surprises me that you all recommend them.

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