Cholesterol Lowering Drugs(Statins) And Coenzyme Q10

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When you take prescription drugs, you may feel the intended effects instantly. But there are also many dangerous side effects that occur quickly, as well, even if you don’t feel any symptoms. And these conditions may lead to serious health problems. One such side effect is a deficiency of the essential nutrient coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) caused by cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

About statins:Cholesterol-lowering drugs or statins are one of the most over-prescribed drugs on the market today. Statins are a class of drugs that lower the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. Statins block the enzyme in the liver that is responsible for making cholesterol. This enzyme is called hydroxy-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase). Scientifically, statins are referred to as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Cholesterol is critical to the normal function of every cell in the body. However, it also contributes to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition in which cholesterol-containing plaques form within arteries. These plaques block the arteries and reduce the flow of blood to the tissues that arteries supply. When plaques rupture, a blood clot forms on the plaque, thereby further blocking the artery and reducing the flow of blood. When blood flow is reduced sufficiently in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, the result is angina(chest pain) or a heart attack. One of the strongest and most effective statins is rosuvastatin. Another effective statin is atorvastatin, simvastatin and pravastatin.

About Coenzyme Q10:

CoQ10 is the energy spark needed for all organ, tissue and cell functions in your body. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are one of the most over-prescribed drugs on the market today. Statin drugs can significantly deplete your levels of the essential nutrient known as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Research shows that these prescription drugs can lower your CoQ10 levels by up to 40 percent.

CoQ10, provides 95 percent of your body’s energy. And your heart requires up to 10 times more CoQ10 than any other organ in your body.

If CoQ10 levels drop, your skin cells get older faster, your lung cells choke, your liver cells fill with toxins, your brain cells start to shut down, and your heart cells may stop beating.

Health benefits of CoQ10:

-Helps in avoiding brain problems

-Boosts healthy blood circulation

-Helps in maintaining free and clear arteries

-Restores healthy heartbeats

-Strengthens and protects your heart

However, your body doesn’t produce enough CoQ10 on its own, so be sure to add the right form of the nutrient. By supplementing with CoQ10 patients have experienced remarkable clinical results. Within 30 days of taking the CoQ10 supplement, 75 percent of patients reported fewer heart rhythm disturbances, 66 percent of patients reported diminished chest pain and 50 percent fewer patients suffered from future cardiac events. Moreover, after only eight weeks 87 percent of patients had restored heart function.

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