Reflex Nutrition Coenzyme Q10 Review
Coenzyme Q10 is from UK based company Reflex Nutrition. The description of this supplement states that it acts as a powerful antioxidant and is involved with generating energy within the body. this review will aim to examine the ingredients within this supplement to understand how it can achieve these claims.
Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide which is a complex carbohydrate. This ingredient is water soluble and unlike other carbohydrates, is easily digestible (1) and can give a quick release of energy without any spikes of glycaemia (2).
Micro Crystalline Cellulose is a non-active ingredient which is made up of refined wood pulp. This substance doesn’t degrade during digestion and is preferable in tablets due to it being able to form hard but dissolve quickly.
Coenzyme Q10 (ubidecarenone)
Coenzyme Q10 has been identified as crucial in the oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria, this means that it converts carbs and fatty acids into energy (3). Coenzyme Q10 has also been found to be an antioxidant (4) and can stimulate cell growth and restrict cell death (5).
Magnesium stearate does not induce any nutritional benefits. The main reason for this substance being in the supplement is that it is a lubricant for the machinery that manufactures the product.
Silicon Dioxide doesn’t add any nutritional benefits to this supplement. The main reason for silicon dioxide in this supplement is that it aids in the even distribution of the active ingredients in this supplement.
This supplement has been labelled as an antioxidant which can generate energy within the body, after reviewing the ingredients within this supplement it can achieve this by converting fats and carbohydrates into energy more efficiently as well as stimulate cell growth. This supplement is ideally taken either in the morning or evening. This product has no banned substances when referring to the WADA prohibited list when observing the label/ingredients posted on the website.
*NOTE – This product has not been tested in a laboratory and may contain other substances that may not appear on the label
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