If you are taking cholesterol drugs then you need to know about Coenzyme-Q10. Here’s why.
Has cholesterol earned a bad rep? In a sense the answer to that question is yes. But the problem isn’t cholesterol as much as it is the plaque that builds up in artery walls, as this plaque increases blood pressure and can trigger heart attacks as well as strokes. The Framingham Heart study of 5,127 people showed that 75% of those who had heart attacks had normal, not abnormal, cholesterol levels.
The issue isn’t cholesterol, but free radical damage. Free radicals produce a chain reaction of oxidation, and this leads to scarred arteries. Once the arteries are damaged, the immune system begins to take action and works to repair the scarring with oxidized cholesterol. What follows are symptoms of heart disease, and so the medical community usually prescribes cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
Unfortunately, these statin drugs have serious side-effects, such as heart failure, and they also seriously lower Coenzyme-Q10 levels. Coenzyme-Q10 can help prevent strokes and heart attacks by preventing inflammation in the arteries, rejuvenating heart cells and even lowering blood pressure.
Providing Energy on an Atomic Level
Dr Stephen Sinatra, author of The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon, believes that your organs may become significantly impaired if your CoQ10 levels fall by 25%. If your levels fall by 75%, you may even be facing serious tissue damage or death! CoQ10 is the most powerful ‘rust proofing’ antioxidant currently known to science, and it works to provide every cell in your body, all 100 trillion of them, with energy on the atomic level. Your cells are made up of atoms and do, in fact, run off atomic energy. This energy is called adenosine triphosphate or ATP, and each of your cells is literally packed with tiny atomic reactors to spark this energy; these atomic reactors are known as mitochondria.
ATP does more than just ‘spark’ your cells, as it is also responsible for carrying away oxidized free radical waste produced during this atomic reaction. If you don’t have enough ATP, your energy levels and strength will drop. Furthermore, it is vital to note that, as you age, your body’s natural ability to produce CoQ10 drops dramatically. By the time you are 80, your ability to produce this critical co- enzyme has dropped by 65%!
When an individual raises the level of CoQ10 in his or her body, new healthy cells replace ageing ones, the heart and brain become revitalised and immune system functionality is boosted. Furthermore, CoQ10 is considered to be very safe. In fact, there are more than 1,000 studies which support its safety and show that taking this supplement does not produce side-effects.
Should your doctor be telling you about CoQ10 if you are on statin drugs? Absolutely!
Muscle Pain and Statins: The Connection
According to research published in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis, taking even a small 10mg dose of statin drugs, such as Crestor®, Lescol®, Lipitor®, Ranzolont®, Simvador®, Zocor® or Lipostat®, can deplete your CoQ10 levels by an amazing 40% in just 2 months. Muscle pain is one common side-effect that people can experience when taking such drugs. In fact, in Canada, cholesterol-lowering drugs have a so-called ‘black box’ warning. This attention-grabbing warning admits that lowering of CoQ10 in your heart could lead to impaired cardiac function. Therefore, if you are on any of the aforementioned statin drugs, you should investigate CoQ10 further.
If gelatin is ok for you then go for UB8Q10 – this absorbs up to 8 times more than ordinary CoQ10 and is the most powerful Q10 formula available.
If you are vegan, then go for HySorbQ10TM. Each dose of 100mg HySorbQ10TM is equivalent to 400mg ordinary co- enzyme Q10, making it one of the strongest veggie options on the market!
Also why not try with L-Carnitine Plus CoQ10? This can help to prevent fatty build-ups in the heart and liver.