Vital source of energy
cardiovascular diseases, nerve damage, metabolic syndrome, hypercholesterolaemia and diabetes.
According to a study published in the Ochsner Journal in 2010, heart tissue with a lower CoQ10 level is associated with reduced muscle contraction.
Besides that, people taking statin drugs (cholesterol-lowering medications such as lovastatin, simvastatin and atorvastatin) often complain of tiredness, muscle weakness and pain. These are not uncommon as statin drugs will deplete the CoQ10 level in the body.
Since CoQ10 and cholesterol production in the body share the same biosynthetic pathway, cholesterol and CoQ10 production are both inhibited by statin drugs.
According to The American Journal of Cardiology, statin drugs have been shown to cause a drop in CoQ10 level within as short as two weeks’ exposure to statin.
In a study published in the OCL journal in 2011, supplementation of CoQ10 among statin drug users showed reduction in pain severity and pain’s interference with daily activities by 40% and 38% respectively.
Our daily diet provides an average of 3mg to 5mg of CoQ10, which is minimal unless we consume a large amount of CoQ10-rich foods such as meat and poultry.
CoQ10 serves as the main antioxidant in inhibiting lipid peroxidation by neutralising free radicals, making it important in preventing atherosclerosis, which can lead to stoke or heart diseases.
CoQ10 plays an important role in our organs’ functions and provides various health benefits, especially to the heart.
If you are taking cholesterollowering medications and experience frequent muscle pain or tiredness, CoQ10 may help reduce these side effects and improve your quality of life.
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