We looked into Nature Made CoQ10 and were surprised to see how many different formats and dosages we could buy it in: we found doses ranging from 30 mg to 400 mg, and in formats such as softgel and adult gummies.
There are two forms of Coq10 in the body: ubiquinol and ubiquinone, which is the form found in most CoQ10 supplements.
CoQ10 generates energy within cells, and the harder the cells work, the more they need that energy.
Some of the hardest working cells in the body are in the heart muscle, so CoQ10 is considered to be an important nutrient for heart function.
CoQ10 can cause some mild side effects such as stomach upset, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It can also cause allergic skin rashes.
We looked online and were surprised to see so many dramatic price reductions on Amazon, but looking into it further we found that there were complaints from Amazon buyers who received products from resellers that were very close to their expiry date, so maybe that’s why there’s so much variation in price. Here are some examples:
60 gummies 100 mg – Down from $18.99 to $10.49
40 liquid softgels 200 mg – Down from $44.99 to $21.28
40 liquid softgels 400 mg – Down from $44.99 to $17.27
Even though we’re told that CoQ10 is claimed around the web to support anything from high blood pressure to heart failure – and even ageing itself – the manufacturers making many of those claims tend to cover themselves by adding that further research is needed.
So we don’t know enough about the truth of what CoQ10 can do for us … or what kind of side effects are possible.
What we do know, however, is that those adult gummies taste delicious (especially if you’re a mango fan like us) and that if a youngster gets hold of a bottle of those mango adult gummies and tries one … and then another … and then another, well, we don’t want to even think about what could happen.
On that basis, then, even though Nature Made CoQ10 may offer a lot of benefits in theory we’re going to reject it in practice for now, at least until we’ve got documented proof of all those benefits – and any side effects.
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Nature Made CoQ10 is produced naturally by fermentation, and although the company had to issue a product recall in 2016 due to contamination, it had nothing to do with their CoQ10.
It’s available in different dosages and formats, such as softgels containing anywhere from 30 mg to 400 mg of CoQ10, as well as adult mango-flavoured gummies.
You should chew 2 gummies a day, and as for the softgels you should take them with food. If they’re difficult to swallow, you can take them with water.
Although CoQ10 has been touted elsewhere as a miracle supplement to balance out the body’s natural levels when they’re lowered by all kinds of conditions up to and including Parkinson’s, Nature Made very wisely don’t make any of those claims about their CoQ10 on their website.
Coenzyme Q10 is found in certain foods, but most of the body’s supply is created within the body itself, to provide cells with the energy they need to function efficiently.
If the level of Coenzyme Q10 drops for whatever reason, whether it’s a medical condition, certain statin medications or just ageing, cell energy levels lower as well, and Nature Made CoQ10 is a supplement formulated to help the body raise those energy levels again.
Because the body already produces its own Coenzyme Q10 and Nature Made CoQ10 products in all their different formats have been shown to raise levels of Coenzyme Q10 we have to say yes, it works.
The main ingredient of Nature Made CoQ10 is naturally fermented Coenzyme Q10.
Other ingredients, for their adult gummies are corn syrup, sugar, water, gelatin, citric acid, natural flavours, coconut oil, tartaric acid and carnauba wax.
All the flavourings are natural, colouring is derived from its natural source.
Adult gummies don’t contain any synthetic dyes, preservatives or gluten.
We’re told that CoQ10 in supplements such as those formulated by Nature Made are safe for ‘most adults’ and that ‘most people’ can tolerate it well. However, we’re also warned that it can cause some mild side effects such as stomach upset, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It can also cause allergic skin rashes.
So we’d advise to stop using CoQ10 if you start noticing any of these side effects, and to call your healthcare provider at once.
There’s always the possibility that any kind of supplement can reduce the effects of other supplements or prescription and over the counter medications.
You should be careful if you’re taking any kind of blood pressure or blood-thinning medication. Warfarin, anisindione and dicumarol are mentioned in particular.
We looked through reviews for the 200 mg 80-count product and in amongst other, more favourable reviews, found:
Can’t notice a difference taking it and then read that those of us – ahem – over 65 need quercitin and not CoQ10, so, for today, that’s my perception. If you’re younger, you might find positive effects from it.
Product is what it says it is, however, I can’t say with confidence that it has had any noticeable effects/benefits on me.
And finally, just…
Interestingly enough, the Nature Made website does offer a guarantee, but that’s only because they’re so sure you’ll love the taste they’ll give you a refund if you don’t. But as for how much we love (or don’t love) its effects and what kind of refund might be on offer in that case, there’s nothing to be seen there.
You can’t order Nature Made CoQ10 from the website, but you can enter your zip code to find out the location of your nearest retailer. You can also find it online at Amazon and eBay (where some of the prices are suspiciously lower), but be sure to bear the expiry date in mind.