Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural compound produced by the body that plays a vital role in the formation of energy at the cellular level. CoQ10 also plays a very important role as an antioxidant.
When CoQ10 levels drop, the body can’t function optimally. Certain organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys are highly concentrated in CoQ10 and are often the first organs to suffer when CoQ10 levels drop. Certain medications such as statin drugs, medications used to treat elevated cholesterol, are known to inhibit your body’s ability to produce cholesterol.
In a recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers evaluated 14 patients prescribed atorvastatin.
Ten of the fourteen patients developed worsening of an indiiator of heart health called “Left Ventricular Diastolic Function” This type of dysfunction can lead to a form of heart failure that translates in an inability of the heart to relax properly in between beats.
In this study, research supplemented these patients with coenzyme Q10 and evaluated the change in heart function. After supplementation, the coenzyme Q10 levels returned to near normal levels and heart function improved significantly or normalized.
It’s no secret that statin drugs have a negative impact on the body’s coenzyme Q10 levels, and it’s great news that Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can actually reverse heart dysfunction.
It’s important to note that statin drugs may inhibit the production of other important compounds that may play very important roles in health. It’s also no secret that we at The Expert Nutrition Centerare no fan of statin drugs. Coenzyme Q10 may mitigate some of the negative effects of statin drugs, it may not be enough!
(American Journal of Cardiology 2004;94:1306-1310)