COQ10 and Statins: What’s The Skinny?
If you take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor, Zocor, or Mevacor, all of which can dramatically diminish the body’s coenzyme Q10 levels, the following information may be vitally important to your health.
First, let’s define a few things. Statins are a class of drugs that are engineered to help lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL) in the blood.
Cholesterol lowering drugs are also extremely profitable.
Cholesterol lowering statin drugs are a $20 billion a year market (Source: Merck Patent). They are among the most popular selling drugs in the world. Literally millions of people take them.
Why is this so important?
Because Coenzyme Q10 research has recently revealed issues with COQ10 and statins or statin drugs in the body. Many physicians are simply unaware of this.
Dr. Peter Langsjoen is a recognized authority on COQ10 and statins.
He believes COQ10 lowering effects of statins actually contribute to the increase of congestive heart failure that has plagued the U.S. in the last few years.
He is not alone in his views. These clinical studies also show that COQ10 deficiency can cause myopathies (muscle tissue diseases or problems) as well as cognitive and other cardiovascular health issues.
It should also be noted that the FDA doesn’t require drug manufacturers of statin drugs to inform anyone that these medications may lead to COQ10 depletion and the resultant health consequences (they do in Canada, however).
COQ10 supplementation can help eliminate these potential problems. For perfect clarity, here are the reported side effects of statin cholesterol-lowering drugs:
- Depletes stores of Coenzyme Q10 causing cardiomyopathy and heart failure
- Can weaken or damage muscles, including the heart muscle
- Reduces the left ventricular function in the heart
- Doesn’t help or slow atherosclerosis
- Increases odds of heart attack or stroke up to 70%
- Enhance LDL oxidation (the bad cholesterol)
COQ10 and Statins The absolute bottom line is that if you are taking statin drugs, you need COQ10 supplementation. Dr. Langsjoen confirms this saying,
“The resulting lowering of blood CoQ10 level is due to the partially shared biosynthetic pathway of CoQ10 and cholesterol. In patients with heart failure this is more than a laboratory observation. It has a significant harmful effect which can be negated by oral CoQ10 supplementation.”
Still not convinced? Dr. Langsjoen also said this,
“In my practice of 17 years in Tyler, Texas, I have seen a frightening increase in heart failure secondary to statin usage, statin cardiomyopathy.’ Over the past five years, statins have become more potent, are being prescribed in higher dosages, and are being used with reckless abandon in the elderly and in patients with ‘normal’ cholesterol levels. We are in the midst of a Congestive Heart Failure epidemic in the US with a dramatic increase over the past decade. Are we causing this epidemic through our zealous use of statins? In large part I think the answer is yes. We are now in a position to witness the unfolding of the greatest medical tragedy of all time — never before in history has the medical establishment knowingly create a life threatening nutrient deficiency in millions of otherwise healthy people.”
Please consult with your doctor about the effect statin drugs have upon COQ10 depletion. This is one of the key points in this COQ10 and Statins web page.
COQ10 and Statins
Pharmaceutical Grade COQ10
According to Dr. John Ely of the University of Washington, COQ10 supplementation is especially essential but more so for those 40 and older.
In actuality, levels of COQ10 begin to drop in the body between the ages of 21 and 30, Dr. Ely confirms.
So, when looking for a COQ10 supplement, you need to obtain a pharmaceutical grade COQ10 product. Why?
Because pharmaceutical grade COQ10 supplements are the highest quality possible. The supplements should be produced at pharmaceutical standard GMP registered facilities.
Fraud is rampant and this ensures quality and purity of the supplement. When supplements are produced at such facilities, you know the purity of the ingredients are ensured by strict regulatory requirements.
Make sure you take COQ10 along with Vitamins E, B3, B6, B12, as well as gugulipid extract for maximum synergistic effect.
Lester Packer, Ph.D. of University of California, Berkeley says, “Together, these antioxidants form a strong network.”
He also believes COQ10 actually boosts Vitamin E’s antioxidant power. The supplement should also have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on file for review by you confirming the potency of the ingredients listed on the label. Enteric coated tablets is also recommended as it preserves the nutrients through the stomach until it can get into the upper intestine for assimilation.
Enteric coating is also important as skeptics say COQ10 loses its nutritional quality when traveling through the harsh gastric acids of the stomach. You should also look to take a dosage of approximately 30 mg to 100 mg.
Final word: hopefully now you can see the risk of coq10 and statins, or in other words, what statin drugs do to the body.
COQ10 and Statins
There is a company named that meets all the above criteria. They are based in New Zealand where regulatory requirements meet FDA standards. Their flagship product is a full-figured vitamin supplement that has has over 90 vitamins, minerals, specialty trace nutrients, enzymes, and herbal extracts.
This supplement actually doesn’t have Coenzyme Q10 in it. In fact, some experts believe Coenzyme Q10 loses its potency in the digestive system. But, there is a work around solution.
Key nutrients in the body, which this recommended multivitamin has, actually help the body make the necessary COQ10!
Give the body the nutrients it needs, and it’ll do the rest.
Therefore, we do recommend that you don’t take a COQ10 supplement — instead take the nutrients that create it.
For more info, check out our FAQ regarding this multivitamin.
Yours in health,