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Written by Robert A. Hayden, D.C., Ph. D.   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:05

Doctors of chiropractic are drawn to research­ed-based, scientifically sound, but wholly natural solutions to health issues. Sharing health information with patients is part of our role. Because most of our patients are also seeing medical doctors, and many of those are taking prescription medications, we must be conversant on those drugs, their side effects and their impact on overall health.

        Many of our patients with cholesterol problems are taking a cholesterol buster (a "statin" drug). They sometimes work well, but there are unwanted side effects that are well known.

        The very mechanism of the statin drugs that make them successful creates another dangerous problem that is not stressed sufficiently to consum­ers: they deplete Co-enzyme Q10 — in some pa­tients, up to 40 percent. Co-Q10 is a co-enzyme, a vitamin-like substance that facilitates and mediates 95 percent of energy production in the body by helping to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the mitochondria. It has been extensively studied for over 30 years.


        A low Co-Q10 leads to dysfunction of skeletal as well as cardiac muscle, especially weakening the left ventricle of the heart. The heart alone needs millions of ATP molecules per second just to function normally. Nine very good studies report that supplementation of this co-enzyme supports cardiac function by increasing available energy for cardiac contraction.

      Co-Q10 is made naturally in the body, peak­ing in production in the third decade of life and falling lower with increasing maturity. The diet to which most of us are accustomed provides only about 5 mg of this co-enzyme daily, but human bodies need six to 10 times that amount for general health maintenance alone. We need much more to stay healthy. Cardiovascular support requires even more — up to 250 mg/day. 

       Co-Q10 is also being studied in the manage­ment of Huntington's chorea, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's syndrome. 


Co-Q10 may also:

Help prevent free radical damage

Help protect against oxidative stress

Maintain healthy, normal blood pressure

Help manage the entire circulatory system

Promote a healthy immune system

Maintain healthy neurological function

       When discussing CoQ-10 with patients, bear in mind that there are two forms of this co-enzyme. The one more familiar to patients is the oxidized form, which is ubiquinone. The body converts ubiqui­none to ubiquinol, the reduced form. 1t takes about eight times as much ubiquinone as ubiquinol to boost blood levels because ubiquinol is more water-soluble, thus better absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Thus, if you can find a CoQ-10 that is in the ubiquinol form, supplementation is far more efficient. This is the form I personally use.

      If you are over 40 years of age, consider discussing supplementing the diet with a high-grade Co-Q10. If you are on a statin drug — Lipitor, Crestor, Simvistatin, Mevacor, Zocor, Lescol and others — consider getting on high-grade Co-Q10 (ubiquinol) as soon as possible. Don't take statin drugs without it.


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