Benefits of quality CoEnzymeQ10
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 email@example.com. Join his full weekly newsletter at www.abundant.co.nz.