Statin drugs are usually prescribed to reduce or lower cholesterol levels in the body and consequently lessen the risk of getting a heart attack. These drugs work by inhibiting the internal cholesterol production in the body. Statin drugs are sold under different names including Pravachol (pravastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Zocor (simvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin) among others
Statin Side Effects
Some of the possible negative side effects of taking statin drugs include constipation, muscle weakness and pain, memory problems, erectile dysfunction, muscle density loss, nausea, increased liver enzymes, nerve damage and decreased levels of Ubiquinol.
Definition of Ubiquinol
Ubiquinol is the biological active form of Coenzyme Q10, a naturally occurring enzyme in the body cells. Aging, health conditions and drugs can reduce Ubiquinol levels in the body. This, however, can be countered by taking Ubiquinol supplements. Research has shown that Ubiquinol has better absorption rates than conventional CoQ10 and can effectively replenish the standard concentration of CoQ10 in the plasma. For example, several studies have shown a four times increase in Ubiquinol levels in people taking an average of 150-300mg of Ubiquinol per day.
The Importance of Ubiquinol in the Body
Ubiquinol supports optimal health of the heart and aids in maintaining overall good cardiovascular health. When there is a decrease in the amount of CoQ10 and Ubiquinol in the body, it compromises the ability of the body to generate energy while disrupting other major body functions. For instance, some people who have taken stating drugs for a long time have low levels of CoQ10 in their blood and, as such, experience weakening of their heart muscle as well as pain in their muscles (cardiomyalgia).
Ubiquinol is also in most times the number one antioxidant defense against oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol. By neutralizing LDL cholesterol oxidation, Ubiquinol reduces the risk of getting atherosclerosis. This means that people who have reduced levels of Ubiquinol in their bodies due to the use of statin drugs are susceptible to LDL cholesterol oxidation.
How Statin Drugs Compromise the Production of Ubiquinol/CoQ10
Statin drugs compromise CoQ10 production in the body since the biological passage that is used to manufacture the enzyme is the same one that the drug uses to lower cholesterol levels. This is why Ubiquinol supplements are important as they provide the body with a steady supply of Ubiquinol, thus diminishing statin’s negative side effects. The body will not have to rely on the body organs for the enzyme, which in this case is compromised by the drug, but rather on a reliable external source.
Many research studies have shown that taking Ubiquinol supplements together with statin drugs can effectively replenish the body’s supply of Ubiquinol as well as reduce some of the negative side effects of statin, like muscle pain. Additionally, there are no negative side effects that Ubiquinol supplements have on the efficacy of statin drugs. For this reason, they can both be taken together, which is in fact advisable since you will benefit from reduced cholesterol levels from statin drugs while maintaining your body’s CoQ10 levels with Ubiquinol supplements.