Thursday, December 31, 2015

A reason to...(ahem)...take heart.

I mean that literally. We need to take heart, as in, include hearts in our diets. Sounds gross, I know. I wish it weren't true, but here is the reason: animal hearts contain the highest dietary sources of CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) which is important for human heart health.

Now, our bodies make it, but as we age, our levels decline.Hence all the supplement bottles of it you will see on the pharmacy shelves nowadays. In fact, we have a bottle of CoQ10 at home. But upon further research I discovered that you can eat it in animal hearts, as I have said.
I have directly copied and pasted this info on the benefits of CoQ10 for your easy reference, from here.

"Animal Sources

Meat, poultry and fish are the richest sources of CoQ10. Beef, pork and chicken hearts and livers contain the highest levels. Chicken liver has 116 milligrams per kilogram, or 3.3 milligrams per ounce. Fish such as mackerel, sardine, herring, salmon, rainbow trout and tuna are also good sources. Eggs, particularly the yolk, and butter are modest sources. Dairy foods have some CoQ10 -- particularly products that are less processed and high in fat."

I am a little grossed out by the idea of eating animal hearts, however, the a few weeks ago, I did buy a pack chicken hearts and fried them up in garlic, butter and added some veg and chilli to hide the fact that we were eating hearts. And let me tell you, they tasted fine, very plain, very much like chicken, however the texture was a bit rubbery and tough, and so in the future I will definitely rather be adding them in to stews rather, so they can boil gently and soften up. Nothing worse than having tough, chewy food. But I am glad I introduced this to my family because: (and I have copied some more)
Lamb's heart, anyone?

"Benefits

CoQ10 may help prevent, treat or improve some medical conditions, including lowering your chance of having another heart attack and decreasing chest pain if you’ve experienced a recent heart attack. CoQ10 may help treat heart failure if you take it with your prescribed medicines. It may also help lower your blood pressure. CoQ10 can also improve your heart health and blood sugar if you have diabetes. It may help slow the worsening of Parkinson’s disease. Further research is needed on CoQ10's potential health benefits."

Here is some more great info on this nutrient, copied from this site here:
Perhaps by now, you’ve heard a bit about this fat soluble vitamin like nutrient- CoenzymeQ10, ubiquinone or CoQ10 for short. CoQ10 is a pretty critical nutrient that seems to be widely deficient in the current population. This makes a lot of sense for many reasons. If you know anything about the studies done by Dr. Weston A. Price, you will know that traditional cultures included plenty of CoQ10 rich foods that are no longer prevalent in modern ...

Read More at divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/10/coenzymeq10-the-heart-health-nutrient/ © Divine Health

"Perhaps by now, you’ve heard a bit about this fat soluble vitamin like nutrient- CoenzymeQ10, ubiquinone or CoQ10 for short. CoQ10 is a pretty critical nutrient that seems to be widely deficient in the current population. This makes a lot of sense for many reasons. If you know anything about the studies done by Dr. Weston A. Price, you will know that traditional cultures included plenty of CoQ10 rich foods that are no longer prevalent in modern ... "

Read More at divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/10/coenzymeq10-the-heart-health-nutrient/

Perhaps by now, you’ve heard a bit about this fat soluble vitamin like nutrient- CoenzymeQ10, ubiquinone or CoQ10 for short. CoQ10 is a pretty critical nutrient that seems to be widely deficient in the current population. This makes a lot of sense for many reasons. If you know anything about the studies done by Dr. Weston A. Price, you will know that traditional cultures included plenty of CoQ10 rich foods that are no longer prevalent in modern ...

Read More at divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/10/coenzymeq10-the-heart-health-nutrient/ © Divine Health
Perhaps by now, you’ve heard a bit about this fat soluble vitamin like nutrient- CoenzymeQ10, ubiquinone or CoQ10 for short. CoQ10 is a pretty critical nutrient that seems to be widely deficient in the current population. This makes a lot of sense for many reasons. If you know anything about the studies done by Dr. Weston A. Price, you will know that traditional cultures included plenty of CoQ10 rich foods that are no longer prevalent in modern ...

Read More at divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/10/coenzymeq10-the-heart-health-nutrient/ © Divine Health


Now I am definitely a firm believer in getting my vitamins, minerals and other nutrients through diet or whatever other natural way I can, rather than through pills. I will take supplements, of course, but I just don't like doing it. It doesn't feel natural (and yes, I realise that our modern lifestyles are so far from natural that it's hard to go back to totally natural anything) and so I will always look for a dietary source, if possible. And an easy and cheap source is chicken hearts.

I may even be brave enough one day to try lamb's heart! Would you?

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