Benefits of a quality well-absorbed CoQ10
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 cholesterollowering statin 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 (HMG- CoA 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.
Awell-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 CoQ10 can help off-set most statins-related problems.
Many clients are now able to tolerate statins without sideeffects. 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 Nut Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For personalised advice, contact John on 0800 423559 or email [email protected]dant.co.nz. Join his weekly newsletter at www.abundant.co.nz