There was an extremely important study featured in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that discussed a decline in CoQ10 levels for those who are on statin drugs to lower cholesterol. This could be very useful for millions of Americans who take these types of drugs.
Researchers at the Copenhagen’s Center for Healthy Aging examined subjects who were on the statin drug Simvastatin against a control group of healthy subjects. Specifically, they wanted to measure the glucose and CoQ10, an enzyme that assists the cell functionality and energy production. What they found was that the statin drug did “have a positive effect on heart muscle” but also had an “adverse reaction on skeletal muscle.”
The results showed that those on the statin drug had elevated glucose and lower levels of CoQ10, which can lead to the common side effects of muscle pain and weakness while taking the statin drug. Researchers stated, “We have now shown that statin treatment affects the energy production in muscles. Up to 75 percent of the physically active patients undergoing treatment for high cholesterol experience pain. This may keep people away from either taking their medicine or from taking exercise – both of which are bad choices.”
What this means for you, especially if you are currently taking a statin drug, is that there may be ways to lessen the side effects and improve quality of life. CoQ10 can be consumed to boost your levels either through food or supplement form. However, always ask your physician before taking any supplement.
My top five foods with CoQ10 are: