You know by reading our blog forum that even reasonably healthy folks will likely be prescribed any number of pharmaceutical statins, courtesy of the new cholesterol treatment guidelines aggressively proposed by the American Heart Association.
Nothing to fear, really. You should always be quite mindful of your own unique cholesterol levels. We say “unique” because cholesterol is a two-part number; it is produced by diet — and also by your liver. Some people’s livers are predisposed to pump out more cholesterol than others. Through a blood test, this combination will show you your current LDL (low-density lipoprotein, meaning “bad” cholesterol) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol). You may not be able to willfully tell your liver to stop it, but you can absolutely control those numbers with diet — and supplements. And this holds true if you are taking statins.
A gem of a supplement — especially with statin therapy — is Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short. Studies have shown that there is a link between statin consumption and low CoQ10 levels. Why is this important? Coenzyme Q10 is a preferred molecule by the body to manufacture energy — especially cardiovascular energy. It is also a preferred tool for healthy cellular growth. And finally, CoQ10′s hat trick is its antioxidant capacity — it cruises around your bloodstream neutralizing those ugly chemicals called free radicals.
Researchers looked at the effects between ingested statins and CoQ10 on 51 statin users with coronary artery disease. They were divided into two groups — CoQ10 supplement users and placebo users. The 12-week study had some interesting conclusions: after only four weeks, those assigned to the supplement group had a five-time increase in CoQ10 compared to those in the placebo group. Further, the supplement consumers had good improvement in inflammation markers and even vitamin E levels — the researchers reported that both of these improved in proportion to increased CoQ10 levels in the blood. The daily dose of CoQ10 that performed these health-promoting activities was 300 g.