Co Q 10: Should You Take It If You�re On a Statin? (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Mevacor)

Topics: Wellness and Health

Coenzyme Q 10 is found in nearly every cell in your body. Statin drugs, which lower LDL (lousy!) cholesterol and sometimes raise HDL (healthy!) cholesterol, lower CoQ 10 levels in the body. CoQ 10 is used for making energy in your muscles, by mitochondria, and its deficiency might be related to muscle aches and muscle pain. And it almost certainly reduces frequent migraines, by about a third.

Though there is no proof that taking CoQ10 prevents or treats myopathy, it is likely safe�except if you are on Coumadin (warfarin), a common blood thinner, or if you have diabetes. Co Q 10 can reduce Coumadin�s effect, because it is chemically similar to Vitamin K. And it can may reduce insulin resistance if you have diabetes. Supplements can be powerful medicine. Know what your body needs.