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What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 is an enzyme that is found in virtually every cell in the body and is a vital part of the process that generates 95% of the body’s energy. CoQ10 is an important antioxidant that works against fat and protein oxidation. Additionally, it regenerates other antioxidants, such as vitamin E.
“Immune system cells divide more rapidly than most cells, and they are in constant need of repair and maintenance. All of this work requires energy reserves, and CoQ10 is a critical co–factor in our energy–production pathways. In both animal and human studies, CoQ10 has compensated for immune deficiencies caused by aging or disease.” (http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/Q10.shtml)
People with very low levels of CoQ10 include those with cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, breast and other cancers, diabetes, male infertility, AIDS, asthma, thyroid disorders, and periodontal disease.
Why don’t people have enough CoQ10?
- Aging: Around age 35 the body starts producing less and less. At the age of 80, for example, CoQ10 levels are cut by more than half.
- Statin Drugs: Lower the body’s CoQ10 reserves at the same time
- High Cholesterol or High Blood Pressure: Increase the body’s need for CoQ10 and deplete the body’s supply.
- Poor Nutrition: Most people don’t eat enough of the foods rich in CoQ10.
How can I add CoQ10 to my diet?
To give your body the most CoQ10 possible it is a good idea to pick up a supplement at your local health food store and add as many of the following foods to your diet as possible. The recommended dose of coenzyme Q10 for adults is 30 to 200 mg each day, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
More extensive Internet research found that the clinical studies used therapeutic doses of 360 mg/day.
Food sources alone may not be enough for those deficient in CoQ10. To put dietary CoQ10 intake into perspective, one pound of sardines, two pounds of beef, or two and one half pounds of peanuts, provide only 30 mg of CoQ10. However, as you can see from the list below, many foods contain CoQ10.
Pork heart, reindeer meat, and beef heart are the three foods with the highest amounts of CoQ10. Others include pork, beef liver, beef, pork liver, and ham. Frying meats tends to reduce their levels.
Sesame oil and corn oil have high amounts of CoQ10. Oils with lesser amounts include sunflower oil and safflower oil.
Sardine, mackerel, cuttlefish, yellow tail, tuna, herring, and pollock have moderate to high amounts of CoQ10. Eel, trout, and flatfish also contain a small amount.
Nuts, Beans and Seeds
Peanuts, sesame seeds, pistachios, walnuts, adzuki beans, and hazelnuts contain moderate to high amounts of CoQ10. Almonds and chestnuts have a small to moderate amount.
Chicken and Eggs
Chicken has a moderate amount of CoQ10; boiling chicken retains more coenzyme Q10 in the meat than frying. Eggs have a small amount of CoQ10.
Spinach, broccoli, sweet potato, sweet pepper, garlic, peas, cauliflower and carrots contain small to moderate amounts of CoQ10. It is best to steam or boil the vegetables instead of frying them as the CoQ10 loses potency when cooked with high direct heat.
Though most of us probably need more CoQ10 in our diets, if you want to take the therapeutic dosage, it is a good idea to check with your doctor or health practitioner before doing so, as it may interact with other medications.
It is the holiday season and a time to celebrate and give thanks. It is also a time for many of us to indulge in many different food and drinks.
Along with our traditional Thanksgiving feast, Christmas dinner is right around the corner with more parties and feasts, so its a good idea to include some super foods and keep your digestive system in balance with Inner Garden and to get liver support and a good night’s sleep with Rest Easy.
Include some of these holiday super foods.
Cranberries - Readily available this time of year and they are second to blueberries in antioxidant capacity. Cranberries are fully of vitamin C and they contain phytonutrients that prevent pathogens from adhering to internal organs. Make sure to sweeten with organic sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
Sweet Potatoes - Sweet potatoes are very high in beta-carotene and soluble fiber, the kind that creates a gentle intestinal gel and is unlikely to provoke an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) episode. They qualify as a superfood because they’re nutrient dense.
Walnuts - Top your favorite holiday dishes with walnuts for a healthy dose of Omega-3.
Cinnamon - Add to your favorite holiday drinks and deserts. Cinnamon has demonstrated anti-cancer properties and also helps maintain proper blood sugar levels.
Cacao- One of the best antioxidants you can find and wonderful when added to desserts. The reason it is one of the best antioxidants is because of its high ORAC levels (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). The cocao content should be at least 70% to receive its antioxidant and heart health benefits.
Butternut Squash - It is highly nutritious, rich in phytonutrients, vitamin A, B vitamins, and minerals, especially potassium.
Enjoy your holiday superfoods feast.
Here is how to heal a cavity naturally and nutritionally without the need for ‘drilling and filling’
Many people have found success in healing cavities by using nutrition and healing oils. A great example is Sarah Pope, a mother and Nutrition Education and Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, who talks about how she healed her young son’s cavity. It was completely healed through dietary changes and supplementation with a combination of two powerful healing oils.
Americans are among the largest consumers of meat on earth and many other countries are following our example as meat consumers. Over the years red meat has gotten a bad rap for causing cholesterol and heart problems and so we are told to eat white meat.
Countless scientific studies have concluded that eating red meat is bad for you. But in each of those studies, the researchers routinely fail to differentiate between processed or commercially grown meat vs. free-range grass fed organic beef. They focus on the commercial, processed meat that has been grown and processed with tons of antibiotics, steroids, food additives, flavorings, meat glue, etc. omitting the free-range beef and lamb grown and finished on grass that is free of all the commercial processing and short-cuts. In doing so, they cast a dark shadow of doubt over all red meat, when the reality is that red meat is one of the healthiest meats with the highest nutrition in comparison to white meat.
Which is healthier red or white meat?
There has been a lot of controversy about GMO (genetically modified organism) food in the media lately. As scientists find more evidence of the GMO health risks, we find ourselves faced with a choice. Do we demand that our food be labeled GMO or do we continue to take the risk of eating food that could be potentially hazardous to our health?
Wax was first applied to the skins of fruits and vegetables for longer shelf life hundreds of years ago. Today, that tradition has drastically changed with a new generation of chemicals and compounds.
When you buy non-organic produce from the grocery store, you are getting additional chemical coatings. The FDA admits that these edible coatings have been associated with a number of problems, ” [Produce coatings] can result in tissue destruction and the production of substances that contribute to off-flavors and off-odors, as well as the potential for growth of foodborne pathogens such as Clostridium botulinum.”
Hundreds of illnesses are caused by chronic inflammation. Rather than recognizing and correcting the sources of inflammation, modern medicine has classified them as unique and unrelated, when in fact they are all products of the same underlying imbalances in the body. Illnesses such as fibromyalgia, lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and others stem from inflammation.
“Inflammation is your body’s response to stress — whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment.” “Think of what happens when you catch a cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus.” “This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.” (Source 2006 article by Body Ecology.)
Some of the primary causes of chronic inflammation:
How fresh is the produce in your supermarket? When you consider that the produce has to be harvested by the farmer, then travel to a middle man, then possibly to another middle man, then to a refrigerated supermarket warehouse, then finally to your grocery store, you realize that the expensive produce that you spent good money for is probably at least 1-2 weeks old. Compare this to walking out into your garden and harvesting a sweet ripe tomato or sugar snap peas that are mouth wateringly sweet and bursting with nutrition.
Recently, I went shopping for some beef and I noticed that the beef that is sold in grocery stores looks bright red even when it is late in the afternoon and the piece of meat has been sitting in the front of the display case all day. I had a gut feeling that something was wrong. Were all of these meats looking good because of red lights or because of some preservative? With those questions in mind, I did a little investigation for myself and here is what I found out.
It has become very important to eat organic, locally grown food as much as we possibly can. Here is what the Environmental Working Group found when they tested some of our most common fruits and vegetables.
“The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides ranks pesticide contamination for 53 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 51,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2009 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Food and Drug Administration. Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed or peeled.” —-EWG.org (Environmental Working Group)