Recent studies suggest that people taking cholesterol-lowering statins should ensure that they have adequate supply of the vital energy enzyme Q10. "Statins not only inhibit the body's own production of cholesterol, but also the synthesis of the Q10, " Dr. med. Markus P. Look, Internist from Bonn and author of the contribution of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association. Since, in particular, the heart muscle relies on an adequate supply of Q10 due to its high energy requirement, a deficiency can lead to a reduction in cardiac output. "Since statin patients tend to weaken the entire cardiovascular system, a Q10 deficiency should be avoided, " Look says. His advice: Take a Q10 supplement with the daily statin tablet.
Dangers with high cholesterol levels
According to leading cardiologist associations, a high cholesterol level is the biggest risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, Germany's number one killer. Statins are most commonly prescribed to lower elevated cholesterol. Nearly 4 million Germans depend on these drugs because statins effectively inhibit the body's production of cholesterol. However, because our body produces the vital energy enzyme Q10 through the same pathway, the statins may cause Q10 deficiency.
Q10 - energy supplier of the heart
The entire human body relies on Q10 - without Q10 no life. In particular, organs with high energy requirements such as the heart muscle have the highest Q10 concentrations. "If the supply of the heart with Q10, which is already throttled in old age, is additionally slowed down by statins, this can lead to a decline in the performance of several organ systems, " says Look.
This unwanted side effect can have consequences especially in the elderly and patients with heart failure: The heart function continues to deteriorate, in the worst case could be a menacing heart failure, as well as damage to the kidneys and the nervous system.
Q10 - protection against vascular calcification
In addition to its function as an energy supplier, Q10 also fulfills another important function in people with high cholesterol levels: It protects LDL cholesterol from attack by aggressive oxygen particles, the so-called "oxidation", because only "oxidized" LDL is decisive for the calcification and thus the Closure of the blood vessels responsible. Ergo: Although cholesterol is lowered by the statins but oxidized in the absence of Q10 and thus dangerous for our veins.