THE SCOOP ON STATINS

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De­signed to help you main­tain healthy choles­terol lev­els, statin drugs such as Lip­i­tor and Zo­cor are the most widely pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions in Amer­ica. Statins block HMG-CoA re­duc­tase, an en­zyme that causes the liver to pro­duce choles­terol. This ef­fec­tively pre­vents ex­cess amounts of choles­terol from en­ter­ing the blood­stream. But, while statins can ag­gres­sively lower LDL lev­els, they come with a host of side ef­fects such as mus­cle pain and weak­ness, nerve dam­age, liver dam­age, heart fail­ure, and rhab­domy­ol­y­sis—the break­down of mus­cle tis­sue that can lead to po­ten­tially fa­tal kid­ney fail­ure. Re­cent re­search in the Jour­nal

of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion also sug­gests that high-dose statin ther­apy may in­crease the odds of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes.

An­other draw­back to statin ther­apy is that it robs the body of CoQ10. CoQ10 is essen­tial for pro­vid­ing en­ergy to cells, es­pe­cially the cells in the heart, and low lev­els of this crit­i­cal nu­tri­ent are linked to nearly ev­ery form of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, in­clud­ing angina, hy­per­ten­sion, car­diomy­opa­thy, and con­ges­tive heart fail­ure. The prob­lem is, CoQ10 sup­ple­ments are poorly ab­sorbed by the body. For­tu­nately, stud­ies show that a more bioavail­able form of CoQ10 called ubiquinol pro­vides 60 per­cent bet­ter ab­sorp­tion than stan­dard CoQ10 sup­ple­ments. Over the past decade, stud­ies have demon­strated that ubiquinol ef­fec­tively in­hibits LDL ox­i­da­tion and may have a di­rect ef­fect on the pro­gres­sion of atheroscle­rotic le­sions. Ubiquinol has also been found to im­prove the symp­toms of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure.

To get the most out of your sup­ple­men­tal CoQ10, choose care­fully. With nearly 200 brands of ubiquinol on the mar­ket to­day, pick­ing the right sup­ple­ment may seem over­whelm­ing. Ubiquinol sup­ple­ments may be la­beled “CoQ10 Ubiquinol,” “Su­per Ubiquinol CoQ10,” “Ubiquinol QH,” or any com­bi­na­tion of var­i­ous names. Don’t let these com­bi­na­tions con­fuse you. Just look for the word “ubiquinol” on the Sup­ple­ment Facts panel. This form of CoQ10 is much more bioavail­able and ben­e­fi­cial than con­ven­tional CoQ10.

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