Co Enzyme Q10 and statins (cholesterol medications)

Well over 60% of the people who come to our clinic are on cholesterol lowering medications such as statins. The only reason it is not more is because we do see a lot of heart prevention patients.
When taking medications it is important to understand the medication and their risks, their benefits and interactions.

Please note that this our view and that we have taken research from both sides. I definitely understand the benefits of statin therapy especially in reducing inflammatory markers such as C reactive protein. However, I do believe they can be over prescribed as lifestyle therapy can have superior benefits.

According to the mayo clinic, prescribing statin drugs with Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is not universally recommended. I think the operative word is universally. Being immersed in this field for a long time I understand that cardiologists have different views.

Lets quickly discuss what is Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10). It is a natural occuring in the body. You require Co Enzyme Q10 in your body for essential muscle metabolism. The concern is that statins share a pathway for metabolism of co Enzyme Q10. This results in decreased Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) in your body. So it would make absolute sense that if you are taking a statin to counter the effects of statin drugs that you should take a supplement Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10).

Now the medical community has mixed views on this. I know that many of our patients have been told to take Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) from their cardiologists where as other doctors are waiting for compelling research in their medical journals. From an unbiased view, financially and from a business perspective it does not make sense to fund a large trial proving that all statins need to be supplemented with a natural occuring vitamin like substance like Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10).

So please find this article about research not supporting it medically at science based pharmacy. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.html
and then take a look at this article
from the University of Maryland http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.html.

Come up with your own opinion. After all it is your health and personally from the research it makes sense that people should supplement with Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) especially if you are taking a statin or cholesterol lowering drug. If your metabolic pathway for developing Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) in your body is blocked by taking a statin. Then it makes sense to then replenish those sources of Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10).

To your success,