Cholesterol lowering drugs, aka statins, have been claimed by research to interfere with the body’s production of CoQ10. They do this by blocking the pathway involved in cholesterol production, which is the same pathway by which CoQ10 is produced. Statins also reduce the blood cholesterol that transports CoQ10. CoQ10 is found in every cell of the body and our cells use it to produce energy that is required for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant and protects the heart and skeletal muscles.
A study by researchers at Kanazawa University in Japan found that even small doses of statin drugs can reduce CoQ10. After 8 weeks of 10 mg a day statin therapy, CoQ10 levels decreased by 40 percent. In another study at Columbia University in New York, it was found that 30 days of statin therapy (80 mg/day) decreased CoQ10 levels by half.
Young adults in their twenties will almost always have adequate amounts of CoQ10 in their bodies, but people who are at risk for low levels of CoQ10 and should consider supplementation other than those who are taking statins are:
- Over the age of 50
- Long endurance exercisers
- Patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or low HDL cholesterol
- Vegetarians and Vegans
The typical amount of CoQ10 recommended to take is 30 to 90 mg per day, divided into 2 doses, but the recommended amount can be as high as 200 mg per day. CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so it is best absorbed when taken with food that contains oil or fat. The clinical effect may take up to eight weeks to see.
My recommended brand of CoQ10 is Doctor’s Best High Absorption Coq10 w/ BioPerine (100 mg), 120 Soft gels
I am a graduate of Oakland University in Michigan with a BS in Health Sciences. My studies included Nutrition courses, Community Health courses, Alternative Medicine courses, and Human Anatomy Courses. My studies jump-started my interest in natural and alternative medicine, but my real interest came through my own research and personal use of supplements and natural alternatives. When I am not learning about the world of natural alternatives, I spend my time with my boyfriend of nearly 5 years who I have also put supplements to the test on. I am so excited to be writing this blog to share my research and findings with you and I hope we can all learn something new!