Ben­e­fits of qual­ity CoEnzymeQ10

Hamilton Metro News - - Health & Wellbeing - JOHN ARTS

Health prob­lems are gen­er­ally com­plex. Even ap­par­ently sim­ple health prob­lems are in­cred­i­bly com­plex and in­volve the fail­ure of of­ten mul­ti­ple body sys­tems. It makes sense then that of­ten com­plex so­lu­tions need to ad­dress these failed sys­tems.

There are of course some ex­cep­tions. One is for those with mus­cle cramps. For most peo­ple, just adding the right amount of a well for­mu­lated mag­ne­sium com­plex will gen­er­ally solve the prob­lem. An­other is the mus­cle prob­lems caused by statin choles­terol low­er­ing med­i­ca­tions.

One of the more com­mon health prob­lems re­ferred to rheuma­tol­o­gists are mus­cle pains that on di­ag­no­sis are linked to choles­terol low­er­ing statin med­i­ca­tions. The most com­mon side ef­fects are mus­cle pain, weak­ness, gen­eral fa­tigue and re­duced men­tal clar­ity. Most of these are caused by the way statins work.

In our liver is a spe­cial en­zyme (HMGCoA re­duc­tase). This en­zyme is an amaz­ing fac­tory. It is used to make a di­verse range of es­sen­tial body com­pounds no­tably choles­terol and ubiquinone (Co en­zyme Q10). Statins slow the rate of the en­zyme so it pro­duces less down­stream prod­ucts. While they clearly re­duce choles­terol, some stud­ies show that statins re­duce cir­cu­lat­ing Co en­zyme Q10 (CoQ10) by as much as 50 per cent.

Un­for­tu­nately our mar­ket is now flooded with lower cost CoQ10 that mostly comes from China. The best CoQ10 is Ja­panese or US sourced. A well-made 100mg prod­uct can be more ef­fec­tive than a lower grade 300mg prod­uct. Do not be afraid to ask man­u­fac­tur­ers the source of their CoQ10.

Adding a high qual­ity, well ab­sorbed Co Q10 can help off-set most statins re­lated prob­lems. I have many clients who are now able to tol­er­ate statins with­out side ef­fects. Be aware though that qual­ity of CoQ10 varies con­sid­er­ably. Fully nat­u­rally fer­mented CoQ10 is ex­pen­sive and the lead­ing patented brands cost more but are very ef­fec­tive.

John Arts (B Soc Sci, Dip Tch, Adv Dip NutMed) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. For per­son­alised advice, con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz.

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