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CoQ10 and Lipitor?

CoQ10: It’s great for the heart, great for energy, and a powerful antioxidant — and an excellent addition to a supplement program at a dose of at least 50-100 mg a day.
If a patient is on a statin medication for cholesterol (like Lipitor or Zocor) you must — repeat must — supplement with CoQ10. The statin drugs deplete it and your heart will suffer. If the MD doesn’t know this, or hasn’t told you this, change MD’s. Statin users should take a minimum of 200 mg daily in a supplement, and some doctors recommend up to 300 mg, especially if you have heart problems. Everyone else should be good with 100 mg per day.


CoQ10 & Statin Medication

I was teaching a rehab course this past weekend and all but two or three doctors out of a group of sixty did not know the many health benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). They did not know that if a patient is on a statin medication, they are at risk of being deficient and having lowered CoQ10. CoQ10 is responsible for neurological health, increased energy, improved metabolism, weight loss, cell protection, and better cardiovascular health.1-4

Heart health … according to the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, a number of clinical studies have found CoQ10 promotes cardiovascular health.5

Blood sugar … an Australian study showed that patients who took CoQ10 were able to maintain blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range.6

Vision …taking CoQ10 for a year helped one study group see more clearly.7

Cognition … an animal study performed at Johns Hopkins University found that CoQ10 supplementation improves learning and memory.7

Bronchial Health … researchers in Texas found CoQ10 promotes bronchial health.7

Gum health … CoQ10 can improve gum and oral health.7

Clear-headed comfort … in one study, more than 6 out of 10 patients treated with CoQ10 daily reported feeling more clear-headed comfort.7

Oxidative stress … CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, eliminating the free radicals that can cause damage to cell membranes and mitochondria.3

Skin care … a German study shows that CoQ10 can help reduce wrinkles and protect skin from the damaging effects of too much exposure to sunlight.8

Comments: I recommend NanoCell-Q by Metagenics. It is highly absorbable and comes in a delicious, natural orange flavor liguid.


1″CoQ10 Health Benefits” September 1, 2008.
2Hemmi N. Bhagava and Raj K. Chopra. Plasma coenzyme Q10 response to oral ingestion of coenzyme Q10 formulations. Mitochondrion. Volume 7, Supplement 1, June 2007, Pages S78-S88 
3William Fallon. “Has Your CoQ10 Become Obsolete?” January 2007. Life Extensions Magazine.
4Super Ubiquinol CoQ10. September1, 2008.
6Hodgson JM, Watts GF, Playford DA, Burke V, Croft KD. Coenzyme Q10 improves blood pressure and glycaemic control in a controlled trial in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Nov;56(11):1137-42.