We’re sure you’ve heard of the so-called youth enzyme, or coenzyme Q10, on several occasions.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, is an antioxidant found naturally in every cell in our body.
Its task is as fundamental as it is effective: it protects us from free radicals and from any external agents that cause us any kind of oxidative damage.
Furthermore, it facilitates the production of energy for our cells, so that it promotes the endurance, strength and firmness of many of our muscles.
The greater the concentration of coenzyme Q10 in our body, the easier it is for us to face the passage of time.
In fact, something we all know is that, when it comes to facial treatments for wrinkles, there is no lack of creams to which this wonderful enzyme is added and which has multiple benefits.
But before using external treatments, what interests us is that our body can produce coenzyme Q10 naturally.
So, we invite you to write down the 7 best foods that will help you achieve this.
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Fish rich in fatty acids, such as omega 3 or omega 6, are essential to recover and raise our levels of coenzyme Q10.
- Among them, the most recommendable is, without a doubt, salmon.
- Japanese culture enjoys a good level of this type of antioxidant, as it includes a lot of fresh or even raw fish in its diet.
- During the week, we should consume salmon, mackerel or fresh sardines 3 to 4 times a week.
Meats are, in general, very rich in coenzyme Q10.
Considering that red meat is not particularly recommended due to its high content of this type of fat, which is much more harmful and increases our cholesterol and triglycerides, we will opt for chicken.
- Chicken legs are a very positive source of coenzyme Q10.
- Combine this type of meat with other healthy foods such as a carrot sauce.
Avoid cooking chicken with too much oil or butter, and enjoy a delicious dish suitable for a healthy and balanced diet.
Not all foods rich in coenzyme Q10 are of animal origin. Peanuts, for example, are one of the vegetable sources with a high content of this compound.
About 28 g of roasted peanuts have 0.8 mg of coenzyme Q10.
Interesting to know, furthermore, that peanuts, like grapes, are rich in resveratrol.
Its antioxidant properties are very high, and therefore, if we consume them in a balanced way, they will improve our blood circulation and we will take care of the firmness of our muscles to face the passage of time.
4. Broccoli to produce coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is also very present in broccoli and its leaves (sprouts).
- Regular consumption of this vegetable will allow us to prevent heart disease to inhibit the formation of blood clots, thanks to its high content of antioxidants, such as coenzyme Q10.
- One thing to remember is that coenzyme Q10 is only present in fresh food.
If vegetables are canned or frozen, this coenzyme disappears.
5. Juice and orange and strawberry
Fruits, in general, do not have coenzyme Q10. The only ones that can help cover our deficits are oranges and strawberries.
- Thus, it is recommended, for example, to drink a natural juice of this combination whenever possible.
- Do not sweeten : just eat these foods without sugar, honey or stevia.
The richest vegetable source of coenzyme Q10 is spinach.
- Spinach is an excellent resource that we should take advantage of on a regular basis.
- As we have always emphasized, we must consume these foods in their most natural state; so in that case we’ll eat raw spinach.
- Spinach is rich in vitamins, fiber and minerals and has phytonutrients such as beta-carotene and lutein, elements that are responsible for protecting us from cell damage.
If you want to take care of your skin’s firmness, fight deeper wrinkles or restore shine and tone your face, don’t hesitate: eat spinach.
Tofu is a 100% vegetable protein made from soybeans.
Include it in your salads or soups, as its high content of coenzyme Q10 and calcium will take care of your bones, muscles and your body in general.
- It has as much protein as meat, and tofu’s abundant B-complex vitamins will cover a large portion of our cells’ energy needs to face the passage of time.
To conclude, as we celebrate our birthdays in our life cycle, whether we like it or not, we gradually lose small amounts of coenzyme Q10.
It is necessary to cover these deficits with the foods highlighted here. They will be of great help!