The Best Vegan Sources of CoQ10 [List]


Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been getting a lot of attention in recent years.

While the body can make it, it can also be found in many foods.

The most abundant sources all happen to be animal products like fish, meat, dairy, and eggs.

However, there are plant sources as well.

There’s not a ton of research on CoQ10 at the moment, and that research is pretty mixed. There’s no significant evidence proving or disproving the potential benefits of CoQ10.

So it might be important, we just don’t know yet. If you want to get a bit more to be on the safe side, that’s fine as long as you stay under the observed safe level of 1200 mg per day.

It could be especially important to focus on as you get older, since CoQ10 levels decline significantly with age.

coq10 levels vs age

Vegan Sources of CoQ10

Unlike other nutrients like iron and calcium, you can’t easily look up the amount of CoQ10 in foods.

However, some studies, like this one, have published the amount of CoQ10 in a fairly wide range of foods.

The top vegan ones are in the table below.

There are a few things I should mention:

  • A few had big ranges (significant different values from different past studies), I took the average of them.
  • Some foods didn’t have reliable values, so I excluded those from the list (just a few, not missing much).
  • Note the weird units (a kilogram of food is a lot!) – Just know that anything over 10 in the chart is considered a good source of CoQ10.

coq10 source quality

Now onto the data:

FoodCoQ10 (mg/kg)
Soybean oil166.4
Olive oil82
Peanut oil77
Corn oil76
Rapeseed oil68.5
Sesame oil32
Sesame seeds20.3
Pistachio nuts20.1
Cottonseed oil17.3
Sunflower oil9.6
Corn germ7
Wheat germ5.2
Rice bran4.9
Safflower oil4
Chinese cabbage3.3
Sweet potato3.3
Sweet pepper3.3

There’s a good range in foods that have a decent amount of CoQ10 in them.

It’s pretty clear that the best vegan sources of CoQ10 are:

  • Oils
  • Seeds
  • Nuts

If you’re trying to get more CoQ10, focus on the sources near the top of the table above.

If you have any questions about the data, just leave me a comment below.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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