Many Americans take cholesterol medication to improve their health and longevity as they age. Statins are a very effective drug to help control your cholesterol, but the side effect of most of these medications in the US is that 40% of your cellular oxygen is diminished within the first year of taking them as well as lowered levels of a very valuable cellular antioxidant. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that is naturally produced and found in the human body and required for important processes such as aiding in cellular turnover, which improves longevity, oxidative stress due to aging, nutritional deficiencies, such as a vitamin B6 deficiency.  We make less of it as we age, and taking cholesterol medications can further lower your body’s levels of CoQ10. It is crucial to maintain those levels in order to help with cellular renewal, muscle pain and heart health while taking statins. 

CoQ10 is safe and beneficial, and every one of our cells uses it to generate energy. This substance provides a complementary approach to cholesterol-lowering treatment, reducing the negative side effects of statins. You can take CoQ10 supplements as well as eat a diet that is CoQ10 nutrient-rich such as muscle meats, fatty fish, vegetables, fruit, and legumes. 

Make sure to get enough CoQ10 while taking these medications and avoid unpleasant side effects such as fatigue, muscle weakness, increased blood sugar levels, and possible liver and kidney damage.