Statin drugs are a powerful way to lower your cholesterol. They work by preventing your body from synthesizing cholesterol in the first place. Unfortunately, when statins disable the pathway that makes cholesterol, they also disable the pathway that makes CoenzymeQ10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is important stuff in your body. You can’t make energy without it and your body needs energy to function normally.
In a recent animal study, statin drugs reduced CoQ10 and worsened cognition.
Many side effects of statin drugs are thought to be related to the deficency of CoQ10 induced by the drug. Several studies have found CoQ10 supplements to diminish statin side effects like muscle pain, fatigue, and memory loss.
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