Nowadays statins are one of the most commonly prescribed medications. Too many people are taking statins, and hardly anyone knows that statins can seriously diminish the levels of CoQ10 within your body.
Statin is a medication used to help lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood (also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol). The medication reduces the pathway that produces cholesterol inside the liver. This pathway is also used to produce Q10 (the reduced form of CoQ10) therefore a significant side effect of statin medication is reduced production of this important nutrient. Statins also reduce the blood cholesterol that transports CoQ10 and other fat-soluble antioxidants within the body.
Our body needs CoQ10 for the production of energy and as an important antioxidant, the downside and effect of a reduced CoQ10 production is low energy and a higher level of potentially harmful free radicals circulating through the body. Free radicals can be particularly damaging to mitochondrial DNA which is where the energy production inside our cells takes place.
As the body’s production of Q10 decreases, this can ignite a negative spiral of increased free radicals, low energy and mitochondrial damage, which can lead to tiredness, weak and sore muscles and possibly even heart failure.
The bottom line for people taking statins, consider adding CoQ10 to your diet, It is very important to start taking it as soon as possible to avoid potentially irreversible damage caused by side effects.
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