Cooking effects on CoQ10

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I'm interested in getting more CoQ10 in my diet instead of supplementing. I've tried beef heart and I find it kind of gross when it's not braised or ground up in meat and cooked thoroughly. I don't mind chicken hearts but I'm paranoid of uncooked chicken meat, even pastured. What is the safest way to preserve the CoQ10 while cooking. I read that frying is the worst way but would I be better off braising hearts or baking?



on November 28, 2011
at 05:49 PM

hmm...does cooking your chicken thighs degrade everything in them then?



on November 28, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Coq10 is in beef and chicken hearts... I want to know the level of degradation that occurs with each cooking method.



on November 28, 2011
at 04:29 PM

wait what? why would you cook coq10??

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on November 29, 2011
at 03:48 AM

From a research study: "The effect of cooking was a 14-32% destruction of coenzyme Q10 by frying, and no detectable destruction by boiling."




on November 28, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I eat them raw, but if you want, you can add them in with your ground beef at the very end of cooking so that the nutrients get minimal heat damage, and the ground beef helps mask the taste of the heart. Using strong sauces help since organ meats have really strong flavours. I personally can't choke one down without a lot of spice, like cayenne pepper.

I also considered boiling my organ meats at a very low heat for five or ten minutes, or perhaps using a vegetable steamer to very lightly cook them, but I haven't experimented with that yet.


on February 27, 2013
at 05:21 PM

CoQ10 is fat soluble, so any cooking fats will leech it out of the meat. If you consume the fats, you consume the nutrients.

I have no idea what effects the variable of temperature has.


on February 27, 2013
at 03:17 PM

heart tissue displays very strong anti-bacterial qualities, against human pathogenic bacteria.. The heart is highly resistant to infection in a healthy animal. Fairly safe to eat raw. If you must cook try quick sear in the pan, or steaming to preserve nutrients. Your sustainability to infection generally correlates with the nutrient-density of the food you are consuming on a regular basis.



on September 21, 2012
at 10:52 PM

It is high in organ meat 100mg/g but pretty high in fish (at least compared to fruit and veggie)

So perhaps sushi ?

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