CoQ10 and Gluthathione (2 Powerful Antioxidants) from Food
Continuing on the topic of anti-oxidants that have been shown to have an impact on egg health, CoQ10 and glutathione often feature as super stars that can really supercharge the quality of ovarian eggs. They are mostly made in our bodies but we can also acquire their raw ingredients from our diet, so our body can make them.
For CoQ10, the dietary sources that have the highest content are animal foods like organ meats (if you don’t mind them), but also venison, chicken and oily fish like mackerel, sardines and trout. The next best source includes nuts like pistachios and even extra virgin olive oil.
When it comes to glutathione, whose levels can also decline with age, it’s the raw ingredients that our body needs to make it or spare it that we can find in food. Firstly, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale etc are effective at increasing levels of glutathione for their high sulphur content. Secondly, Vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits but also the fresh fruit and vegetables that we mentioned above can help the body maintain its glutathione stores by “attacking” the oxidative stress first. The same applies to selenium, found in foods such as fish and brazil nuts, can help maintain or increase the body’s stores of glutathione. When it comes to supplementing these nutrients, be mindful there is a sweet spot. Too much does not mean better. In fact, 2 Brazil nuts a day can provide enough of the recommended intake for selenium.
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