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Saturday, May 19, 2007

CoEnzyme Q10 relieves side effects of cholesterol drugs

A new paper in the American Journal of Cardiology shows that patients on statin drugs, who often suffer muscle disease, specifically pain, as a side effect, may find relief by taking the nutritional supplement CoEnzyme Q10.

The drugs inhibit the production of an essential antioxidant, CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and it was thought this might be causing the muscle pain. Supplemental CoQ10 was tested as a way of reversing the deficiency caused by the drug, thus relieving the pain.

Patients taking 100mg of CoQ10 for 30 days experienced an average 40% reduction in severity of pain.

Another alternative would be to test a protocol of non-toxic supplements and dietary modifications that will lower cholesterol but will not suppress the liver's ability to detoxify and produce the essential antioxidant CoQ10. Or is that too obvious?