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Organ Meats, Longevity and Quality of Life?

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Coenzyme Q10....

CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vital nutrient and antioxidant required by the body for use in the cellular process of energy production. Without CoQ10 our bodies would cease to function.

Now, most of us have only ever seen CoQ10 in face creams (Useless) or on the shelves of a supplement store (Possibly not so useless). Because of its role as an antioxidant and its role in energy production, it's been jumped on as a feel good, must have, expensive supplement.

But it's also found in meats.

The kind of meats that people really should be eating more of, because of cost, flavour and nutritional awesomeness.

So, some facts.Elderly populations appear to have reduced CoQ10 content in tissues in comparison to younger generations, with heart muscle content declining Steadily after the age of 20 , as supplementation has been shown to increase plasma levels of CoQ10 and improve the accumulated effects of oxidative stress, this suggests supplementation could be important in improving healthful ageing.

Elderly populations appear to have reduced CoQ10 content in tissues in comparison to younger generations, with heart muscle content declining Steadily after the age of 20, as supplementation has been shown to increase plasma levels of CoQ10 and improve the accumulated effects of oxidative stress on heavily working tissues this suggests that supplementation or, more importantly, mindful eating of a varied diet could be important in improving healthful ageing.

And that means, sorry to all the fussy eaters, you might have to learn how to cook some harder working tissues than that lazy, luxurious fillet.

Sadly, that's going to be your only route, as vegetarian food sources are incredibly low in CoQ10 content when compared to foods available to us prolific meat-eaters, with organ meats topping the charts for CoQ10 content, with beef heart giving 11.26mg per 100grams, chicken heart a whipping 19mg per 100g. (Interestingly, Reindeer meat, in general, is quite high in CoQ10 comparatively speaking with the meat itself, not specifically organ meat, hitting almost 17mg per 100g).

CoQ10 has long been associated with a supplement that can improve longevity, however there is no conclusive evidence to suggest it will EXTEND lifespan, however it seems reasonable to conclude that it can potentially ENHANCE lifespans in later years especially in the late 30's and 40's  when all reported and studied effects are considered, it would seem sensible to suggest that with more study, there could be reason to advise that CoQ10 becomes a staple supplement alongside the most commonly seen purchased supplements, such as Omega oils, Multivitamins and Minerals supplementation, the problem is, none of these is necessary with a varied diet, you just need to be able to make informed choices as to the foods to chose that contain these!

Supplemental CoQ10 can be very costly, arguably the diet can easily be controlled to contain more than enough CoQ10 to support full body health, however, certain populations may struggle because CoQ10 is primarily found in animal tissue in a quantity that is reflected by the muscle's activity levels.

High energy tissue such as cardiac tissue or organ meats typically contain the highest amounts of CoQ10, with foods such as Eggs and nuts containing the least, this means that populations such as anyone following a selective or restrictive diet or low protein diet would be wise to pay particular attention to their food selections to ensure optimal health.
CoQ10 is not used up in its role in the electron transport chain, so a decline is not clearly related to increased activity levels and therefore it isn't necessarily the case that an increased need for a larger intake is required for more active individuals either, but this does suggest that so related issues are not specifically limited to more active individuals and as such should be considered by the broader population.

Organ meats contain the highest levels of CoQ10 with plant-based foods conveying the lowest levels, often on pair with animal skeletal tissue. Beef Liver can be as high as 50mg/kg in CoQ10 content.

There is solid evidence to suggest that CoQ10 supplementation conveys a myriad of health benefits, especially in ageing populations, there is also sufficient evidence to suggest that it has several therapeutic, clinical applications that would be part of a broader approach for the complementary healthcare professional, although no dietary reference value has been set there does not appear to be evidence to suggest that there are any contraindications to increased intakes.

Referenced Material for this article:

Data stated and presented in journal: Pravst I, Zmitek K, Zmitek J. Coenzyme Q10 contents in foods and fortification strategies. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. (2010) - quotes Age-related changes in CoQ10 content in human organs; source: K´alen et al. 1989 - Although the Author is unable to locate this information to verify. (9) Pravst I, Zmitek K, Zmitek J Coenzyme Q10 contents in foods and fortification

Pravst I, Zmitek K, Zmitek J Coenzyme Q10 contents in foods and fortification strategies. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. (2010) (10) Oirjo Mattila and Horma Kumpulainen. Coenzymes Q9 and Q10: Contents in Foods and Dietary Intake. Journal of food composition and analysis (2001) 14, 409-417 (11) Pinar Ercan, Sedef Nehir El. Changes in

Oirjo Mattila and Horma Kumpulainen. Coenzymes Q9 and Q10: Contents in Foods and Dietary Intake. Journal of food composition and analysis (2001) 14, 409-417 (11) Pinar Ercan, Sedef Nehir El. Changes in 14, 409-417 (11) Pinar Ercan, Sedef Nehir El. Changes in

Pinar Ercan, Sedef Nehir El. Changes in the content of coenzyme Q10 in beef muscle, beef liver and beef heart with cooking and in vitro digestion. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 2011, 24, 8, 1136-1140

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