Barring the miraculous discovery of a Fountain of Youth that restores us to our peak CoQ10 biosynthesis years, there are two ways to increase CoQ10 levels in the body: diet or supplementation. It’s not all about CoQ10 vs. Ubiquinol in supplement form; food can deliver these nutrients too.
If you radically change your diet to include an abundance of the following CoQ10 foods, you will increase your CoQ10 intake:1,2
I’ll take the 15 chicken legs over a pound of sardines special, please!
Not so much… Even if you consume these foods in large quantities, your body will still need to convert that dietary CoQ10 into ubiquinol. Dietary sources are also tricky because CoQ10 is a fragile nutrient. Frying these foods has the side effect of CoQ10 depletion to practically nothing.
Thankfully, modern science has developed a way to get CoQ10 without having to eat a bucket of sardines.
1. Langsjoen, PH, M.D., F.A.C.C. Introduction To Coenzyme Q10. Available at; http://faculty.washington.edu/ely/coenzq10.html
2. Crane LR: The natural occurrence of coenzyme Q and related compounds. J Biol Chem 234:2169–2175, 1959.