To Get the Right CoQ10 Dosage You Can't Always Trust the Label

Filed Under: Heart Health, CoQ10, Food and Nutrition, Nutrients and Additives
Last Reviewed 05/21/2015

To Get the Right CoQ10 Dosage You Can't Always Trust the Label

Here's how to find a supplement that delivers an accurate CoQ10 dosage so you get the full benefits of CoQ10.

Years ago when I started to aggressively use coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to treat congestive heart failure, some patients quickly experienced an improvement in their energy levels. I knew CoQ10 was one of the best natural remedies for heart disease. But when my patients came back for their next visit, I’d hear one of two reactions. Some would say, “Whoa, Doc! I got my life back!” while others would say, “What am I taking? It doesn’t seem to have helped at all.”

Why Were Some People Experiencing CoQ10 Benefits While Others Weren't?

I did more research on the benefits of CoQ10 as one of the natural remedies for heart disease, and became more experienced at using higher doses with my patients. But some folks didn’t feel any better, or have more energy, even at a higher CoQ10 dosage. So, I started to ask my patients about the specific brands of CoQ10 they were taking.

What I found is that many of the people who weren't experiencing the full benefits of CoQ10 were taking advantage of the latest sale. So, I asked them to bring me the CoQ10 they were taking and I sent it out for independent lab analysis, and got my answer. Many of the CoQ10 products didn't have anywhere near the CoQ10 dosage that was written on the label.

No wonder these patients weren’t experiencing the benefits of CoQ10. In fact one “discount-priced” CoQ10 from a pharmacy had only 1 mg of active CoQ10, but the bottle claimed 30 mg per capsule. That's just a fraction of the CoQ10 dosage listed on the label. That’s when I decided to formulate my own CoQ10 supplements.

How Can You Ensure that You're Getting the Full CoQ10 Dosage from Your Supplements?

  • Don't Be Seduced By Low Prices: While you may see what appears to be a low priced source of CoQ10 on a TV shopping channel, the Internet, or in a warehouse store, you aren't always guaranteed that a product delivers the CoQ10 dosage listed on the label. While there are many reputable brands sold these ways, you need to be an informed shopper.
  • Ask Questions Before You Buy: Make sure that any CoQ10 supplement you purchase is independently tested to ensure that it meets the CoQ10 dosage listed on the label. With my nutritional supplements, I conduct multiple quality tests on the raw materials, and completed formulas. After what I saw with my patients who were taking those so-called "bargain" supplements, I adopted a rigorous testing regimen.
  • Check Expiration Dates: Sometimes a supplement will come with a really low price tag because it’s coming up on its expiration date and needs to be sold quickly. So, check the label date. If the “sell by” or expiration date gives you enough time to use the product, it could be a good deal. But if there’s no expiration date, it’s very likely that the CoQ10 dosage isn't as high as what's listed on the label.

Now it’s your turn: Have you found that you haven't gotten the expected CoQ10 benefits from a supplement you purchased?

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