Today, I’d like to share an article from Dr. Ben of Eniva Health. It’s very important for anyone you know that takes cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor. Please pass it on to them.
Many Americans who have high cholesterol or who have had a heart attack are generally placed on heart medications. One of the most common classes of drugs for controlling cholesterol levels is the “statin” family (an example is Lipitor®). These drugs work by decreasing the creation of new cholesterol, thus lowering overall body cholesterol levels. However, one negative side effect of these drugs rarely ever mentioned is their effect on a vital heart nutrient, Coenzyme Q10.
Without a doubt, statin drugs decrease CoQ10 levels in the body. Although they have the beneficial effect of lowering cholesterol, they may also unknowingly be creating another cardiovascular risk factor—low CoQ10 levels in the heart.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance involved in energy production of every cell in the body. It is chemically known as ubiquinone – a name that signifies its wide (ubiquitous) distribution in the human body. This substance is a major player that helps to create cellular energy, called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).* It can be compared to loading coal into a coal furnace. CoQ10 is like the individual who is shoveling the coal into the fire, playing a critical role in the production of energy. In addition, CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals.* It helps to preserve the body’s store of vitamin E, the major antioxidant of cell membranes and blood cholesterol.*
If an individual has had a heart attack and is on a statin drug for lowering cholesterol, they are also lowering their body’s level of CoQ10, particularly in the heart. This is extremely detrimental since, after a heart attack or cardiovascular challenge, heart tissue can become what is called “stunned”—meaning it is not currently working but has the potential to come “back to life.” In order for this to happen, the heart cells of the body need an adequate supply of energy for repair and growth. Since CoQ10 is critical to energy production, low levels will impair the heart cell’s ability to repair damage.
If you are on a statin, I strongly encourage you to visit with your doctor about CoQ10. If he says it’s not necessary…well, I’d personally find a new doctor.
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!
P.S. – If you’d like to try Eniva’s CoQ10+, you’ll find it in Eniva’s Heart Health Pack. You can order your heart health pack one of three ways:
- Click HERE. Then pick up at The Transformation Club
- Make your purchase the next time you’re at The Transformation Club
- If you’re not local, order here for delivery.
P.P.S. – You can also purchase Eniva’s CoQ10+ individually one of three ways: