Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Co-Q 10 Enzyme

What is Co-Q 10? What can it do for me?
It's a vitamin-like chemical found throughout your body, especially heart. It has anti-oxidant qualities and helps to increase energy levels in your body. Some medicines can interefere with Co-Q 10 levels in your body. 

Co-Q 10 deficiencies are found in people diagnosed with the following:  heart disease, Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and HIV/AIDS.

Co-Q 10 is used in Japan to treat heart disease. The Mayo clinic has indicated that Co-Q 10 can help to reduce high blood pressure. Other researchers have found patients with cancer have a higher survival rate when taking Co-Q 10.

Co-Q 10 can be found naturally occurring in: 


Food Item

Coenzyme Q10 (mcg/g)
Pork heart
126.8-203

Beef heart
113.3

Soybean oil
92.3

Rapeseed oil
63.5 - 73.4

Sardine
64.3

Mackerel
43.3

Pork
24.3-41.1

Beef liver
39.2

Beef
31.0 - 36.5

Sesame oil
32.0

Soybeans, roasted and ground
30.1

Peanuts, roasted
26.7

Cattlefish
23.8

Sesame seeds, roasted
23.0

Pork liver
22.7

Chicken
14.0 - 21.0

Yellow tail fish
20.7

Horse mackerel
20.7

Pistachios, roasted
20.1

Pork ham
20.0

Walnuts, raw
19.0

Soybeans, whole, dry
19.0

Cottonseed oil
17.3

Azuki beans
17.1

Hazelnuts, roasted
16.7

Tuna fish, canned
15.9

Baltic herring
15.9

Pollack, frozen
14.4

Sweet almond, roasted
13.8

Corn oil
13.0

Soybeans, boiled
12.1

Eel, cultured
11.1

Spinach
10.2
Mattila, et al., "Coenzymes Q9 and Q10:  contents in foods and dietary intake,"Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 14 (2001) 409-417


Note: Please consult your primary care practitioner before starting to take Co-Q 10 enzyme supplements. It may interfere with certain medicines.

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