(Health Secrets) The terrible side effects from statins can be reduced by supplementing with a compound your body once produced in abundance! Almost 32 million Americans take a statin drug such as Lipitor, Crestor or Zocor. Most of these people do not feel good. In fact, many of them felt much better before they started taking statin drugs, but they continue taking them anyway because their doctors say they must. The reason side effects from statins are so harsh and debilitating is that statins block the body’s production of Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Adding a supplement of CoQ10 can go a long way in helping you feel better again.
When you take statin drugs a signal is sent to your liver and brain telling them to reduce the production of cholesterol. However, cholesterol is a critical part of the body’s foundational building materials and essential to good health and body repair. It is from cholesterol that hormones and vitamin D are made. It’s beyond debate that the body must have optimal amounts of cholesterol to function properly. When you block cholesterol production with statins, you open the door to the long list of painful and energy-sapping side effects from statins.
Two of the most common side effects from statins are muscle aches and low back pain. Being on statins weakens muscles, and the aching people feel is actually due to muscle tissue being broken down. Such break down puts a tremendous burden on the kidneys which have to work overtime to prevent the body from becoming too acidic, a condition that would be destructive to organs, cells and all tissues. After awhile, kidney failure is a real possibility. This is not theoretical – it really happens over time.
From the first day you take a statin, the long slow deterioration of muscle begins. Other devastating effects include cataract formation, eye disorders, and exhaustion and loss of energy.
Without CoQ10 muscles cannot function
There is no mention of it in the TV ads, and only a few doctors have become aware of the need for CoQ10 when statins are in use. Yet statins block the CoQ10 pathway, causing the body’s supply to become depleted. Replacing CoQ10 can moderate many of the worst side effects from statins.
CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, is an oil soluble vitamin-like substance found in the eukaryotic cells of the body, primarily in the mitochondria, the furnace of the cell where energy is created. CoQ10 helps generate energy in the form of Adenosine Tri Phosphate (ATP). 95% of the energy in the human body is generated in this manner. Therefore, the organs with the highest energy requirements – the heart, brain, liver and kidneys – have the highest CoQ10 concentrations. Simply put, without CoQ10, cells cannot function.
Symptoms of CoQ10 depletion are muscle weakness and pain, fatigue, and eventual heart failure. Yes, you read that right, heart failure is a likely outcome from statin use unless CoQ10 is replaced by supplementing. The heart is the biggest muscle in the body.
CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant, on a par with the power of glutathione. CoQ10 is very important in the neutralizing of free radicals that lead to premature aging and disease.
Dr. Robert Rowen, interviewed by Dr. Joseph Mercola, recommends that everyone on statins take at least 100 to 200 mg of CoQ10 (or its reduced form Ubiquinol) per day. If you are already experiencing symptoms of statin damage, such as muscle pain or cataracts, he recommends taking anywhere from 200 to 500 mg a day. CoQ10 in high doses has reportedly led to mild insomnia in some people. Other than that, no known side effects from CoQ10 have been reported. If you begin to have insomnia on a high dose of CoQ10, lower the dose until your usual sleep patterns return.
A Heart for Pete
The examination of research is a great way to achieve knowing, but not the only way. Anecdotal information is important, usually easier to understand, and can strike a chord with us emotionally as well as intellectually. So before you dive into the latest research on CoQ10, take a moment to applaud Peter Mare and his wife Terry, who have worked tirelessly and selflessly since 2008 to bring the message of CoQ10 home to everyone they meet.
Pete tells an amazing story involving Sloan Kettering, a chief medical researcher in China, lab tests of CoQ10, and miraculous recovery. Read Pete’s complete story here.
Latest research supporting the need for CoQ10 in statin users
So far there are over 200 published research studies with both CoQ10 and statins as their subject. These studies clearly document the need for CoQ10 in statin users. Here is a sampling from the abstracts of the most recent:
In a newly published study, scientists in South Africa note that CoQ10 is well known for its role in the electron transport chain in mitochondrial membranes during aerobic cellular respiration. Deficiency of CoQ10 is linked to statin drug use and the side effects of statins, which can be offset by supplementing with CoQ10.
Researchers in Denmark found patients taking a statin drug displayed impaired glucose tolerance and decreased insulin sensitivity. Their reduced level of CoQ10 was accompanied by reduced mitochondrial activity that may explain the muscle pain and inability to tolerate exercise they experienced.
In India, scientists noted that liver toxicity, muscle toxicity and peripheral neuropathy are primary side effects of statin use, and cite the need for baseline investigations of liver and muscle before initiating statin therapy. They suggest supplementation with CoQ10 as a strategy to reduce side effects.
Scientists in Slovakia determined that Co Q10 is reduced by statin use, and heart mitochondrial function is impaired. They suggest physicians should be made aware of this when prescribing statins to patients.
In New Zealand, investigators determined that low CoQ10 levels are associated with increased arterial stiffness.
Scientists at the University of Kentucky found that CoQ10 was significantly lower in statin-treated dogs. Poor cognition was exhibited in these dogs and correlated with lower parietal cortex CoQ10.
Other work from the University of Kentucky found that statins interfere with the cellular role of CoQ10. Supplementation with CoQ10 may decrease or prevent statin induced muscle destruction.
In Iran researchers have determined that a high dose of a statin drug considerably worsened left ventricular dysfunction and depressed blood flow. This was reversed by the administration of CoQ10.
Still worried about cholesterol but want an alternative to statins?
Scientists in Rome have found nutraceuticals that work well to reducing cholesterol levels without the side effect from statins. In a recently released study they examined the effectiveness, safety and tolerability of a nutraceutical-based protocol in elderly patients with high cholesterol levels who were intolerant of statins.
Eligible patients were randomly assigned to either a group taking a pill containing berberine, policosanol, red yeast rice, folic acid, Co Q10 and astaxanthin, or to a group taking a placebo. Efficacy, safety and tolerability were fully assessed after 3, 6 and 12 months of treatment.
In the nutraceutical group, total cholesterol was lowered by 20%, LDL was lowered by 31%, and insulin resistance was lowered by 10%. No significant changes were detected in HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. The nutraceutical pill was safe and well tolerated.
Published with permission from Alignlife. Original article link is here.