Q: I have heard alot of benefits of using Coenzyme Q10, such as helping heart problems, cancer, immune problems & diabetes. I just recently read that it could help with weight loss also. Does anyone know if this is true? Because I really don’t need to lose weight !!
A: CoQ10 is an antioxidant similar to vitamin E. It also plays a crucial role in he generation of cellular energy, is a significant immunologic stimulant, increases circulation, has anti-aging effects, and is beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
It does aid in weight loss because of it’s ability to metabolize fat into energy.
Beware! Most products labeled CoQ10 are not the real thing! You should try consuming aliments rich in coenzyme Q10 and choose only the natural supplements. This coenzyme is actually a substance produced by the body.
Foods rich in coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 in meat
Beef and the chicken meat are the most common sources of coenzyme Q10, but the substance is found also in pork or fish .
In one serving of meat, 85 grams of beef, you get 2.6 mg or 1.4 mg of CoQ10 (chicken ), 1.2 mg ( pig ) , 0.9 mg (salmon ). A similar serving of marinated herring provides 2.3 mg .
Coenzyme Q10 in vegetable
The most important plants sources of CoQ10 are some fresh or cooked vegetables such as spinach , broccoli and cauliflower . The active substance is destroyed by freezing or roasting . Other vegetables rich in coenzyme Q10 are different types of beans, peas, lentils and soybeans .
Fruits that contain the greatest amount of CoQ10 are oranges and strawberries , but the coenzyme is lower in them than meat or vegetables.
CoQ10 in vegetable oils
Vegetable oils that are rich in CoQ10 are those of soybean and rapeseed , which you can use in cooking, but lose the beneficial effects when fried at high temperatures.
In one teaspoon of soy oil, there are 1.3 mg of CoQ10 , while the amount of a teaspoon of canola oil is 1 mg .
CoQ10 in peanuts
In peanuts, pistachios , walnuts and sesame seeds , CoQ10 resist better when fried, but for maximum effect , we recommend the consumption of fresh peanuts .
30 g of roasted peanuts get 0.8 mg of CoQ10 , and the same amount of toasted sesame seeds contain 0.7 mg and 0.6 mg if fried pistachios .