I have not found any info on this so thought I would try here. We all know that statins stop the production of CoQ10, and that Zetia stops the absorption of CoQ10. So the combination of both make it difficult to keep your bodies levels where they need to be (where ever that might be). Is it possible that the statin side effects we have all experienced are caused by the lack of CoQ10? If so how can one supplement CoQ10 it they are taking both a statin and zetia?
I have heard both of reference. On the latest news that I read about a month ago from a Cardiologist <removed> he advised it is not necessary to supplement with COQ10 with a statin. But yes taking a statin or some heart drugs such as beta blockers etc…. can lower your body’s production of COQ10. But the Cardiologist said supplementation is not necessary in his article.
Last edited by mod-anon; 11-19-2007 at 11:57 PM.
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The scientific evidence is weak for CoQ10 being effective for preventing side effects of the statins, etc. That is why most cardiologists will say save your money. However, there is some indication it may help.
And, it ain't gonna hurt. If you can afford it, I don't think you have anything to lose but a few dollars. I've taken it everyday for more than 3 years since starting on statins, and I'll continue to take it so long as I can afford it (barring any new evidence that it is dangerous, which is highly unlikely). For what it is worth, I've experienced no side effects from a whopping 40 mg daily of Lipitor.
Last edited by Connie122516; 11-25-2007 at 10:29 AM.
Scientists from Japan would disagree with some of the comments about Coq10 being made here.
CoQ10 is essential to the production of energy in the mitochondria, the power plant of every cell in the human body.
The human body produces CoQ10 but starts to slow down it's production in one's late twenties to mid-thirties.
CoQ10 has been proven to be of significant value in alleviating the effects of the following: heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, aging, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and periodontal disease.
As the heart is the strongest muscle of our body and COq10 is required for it to stay that way, then as one ages, the intake of CoQ10 with statin drugs can prevent the depletion of what CoQ10 one is still able to produce and thereby help to minimize the risk of statin-inducted cardiac dysfunction, liver dysfunction, muscle weakness, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.
Even if you just want to maintain a healthy heart, the intake of CoQ10 after the age of ones' late thirties is highly recommended. But, CoQ10 is not created equal. There are both natural and synthetic varieties of the ingredient. Natural CoQ10 (trans-isomer) is preferred because it is fermented from yeast and is identical to our body’s own CoQ10 and better assimilated.
I have been taking 100mg of COQ10 daily for the past three years. It is one supplement I will not go with out. I have experienced over all better heart function but the most positive and noticeable benefit I have received from COQ10 is outstanding gum and oral health. In the past my gums would be puffy and bleed a lot. When my Dentist saw me last she said I had picture perfect gums and I personally believe COQ10 made the difference as I was doing everything else my Dentist told me to do. Yes it is rather expressive but well worth it.