Ask The Expert: Dr. Serenity answers a question about CoQ10 and cholesterol medications

Question:

I have high cholesterol and have been put on medication by my family doctor. My naturopath has recommended that I take CoQ10 while I am taking my cholesterol lower medication. Why is that?

Dr. Serenity’s Answer:

Cholesterol lowering drugs are usually from the “statin” family.  These drugs can help to lower cholesterol levels, but they can also reduce your body’s levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is an important nutrient and one that is best kept at healthy levels. CoQ10 is required for the proper production of energy and is used in higher amounts by body tissues and organs that are high energy consumers; like your muscles and your heart. Doses of 100-200mg of CoQ10 per day are often recommended to those that are taking statin medications to help protect against depletion.

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