Did you know that your statin drug could be causing low libido, depression, fatigue, body pains, brain fog and more?
Every single person that takes a statin, is at risk of developing these symptoms, and there is a simple solution.
Before we disclose the name of that nutrient, let’s talk a little more about statin drugs.
Statins are drugs that are prescribed to lower cholesterol. They do this by blocking a liver enzyme called the HMG-Co-A Reductase enzyme. The HMG-Co-A Reductase enzyme is responsible for converting Acetyl Co-A into HMG-Co-A so that your body can make two key things:
Below is a chart we made explaining this process.
By lowering cholesterol, the theory is that heart disease is prevented. However this is old science as we have since learned that the leading cause of heart disease is not cholesterol but rather inflammation.
By blocking the production of cholesterol, statin drugs reduce atherosclerosis (the buildup of plaque in the arteries). This is why another name for statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
The statins that are approved and in use in the United States: atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol and Lescol XL), lovastatin (Mevacor and Altoprev), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor), and pitavastatin (Livalo) (Ogbru, et al., n.d.). According to Ogbru, et al. (n.d.), “Statins differ in their ability to reduce cholesterol. Lipitor and Crestor are most potent, while Lescol is least potent.” The drugs also differ in how strongly they interact with other pharmaceuticals.
Although statins are focused on reducing the production of cholesterol, you have to also look out for having too-low cholesterol. In fact, too-low cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, you can not adequately make hormones, your brain does not get the food it needs, and many metabolic processes do not work.
Other health problems of too-low cholesterol include: increased risk of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, depression, anxiety, preterm birth and low birth weight (if your cholesterol is low while you are pregnant) (Lopez-Jimenez, 2015).
Not only do those who are taking statins have to deal with possible too-low cholesterol levels, but they also have to deal with a blockage of coenzyme Q10 also known as CoQ10.
Deichmann et al. (2010) did a study of two different statins: atorvastatin and simvastatin. Their analysis showed that humans exposed to 80 mg of atorvastatin for 14 to 30 days experienced significant drops in COQ10 levels.
The COQ10 enzyme is used by every single cell in your brain and body. COQ10 is important for a healthy body and is necessary for survival. COQ10 is specifically and primarily used by your heart muscle, and having insufficient amounts of COQ10 (in addition to insufficient cholesterol) is associated with inadequate mitochondrial function of heart muscle.
As such, CoQ10 is especially important for your heart.
What are the Main Side-Effects of Statins?
There are side-effects of taking statins. The main side-effects of statins include: headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, weakness, depression, gastrointestinal upset, skin rash, muscle pain, and even liver failure and rhabdomyolysis (injury or death of muscle tissue).
In Therapeutics Letter, researchers found that statins “decrease energy and fitness, and increase fatigue and sleep problems.” Scientists also found that statins increase the risk of kidney disease, liver disease, muscle disease, brain bleeding, and type 2 diabetes (Goodman, 2014). According to another source, “The most concerning adverse reaction with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) is myotoxicity (having a toxic effect on muscles)” (Nawarskas, 2005).
Alternatives to Statins
There are many alternatives to statins. First and foremost is eating a healthy plant-based diet. Avoid animal products, processed foods, and other inflammatory foods. Eat a diet heavy in omega 3 fatty acids like fish, seaweed and fish oil. Eat lots of leafy greens to help your liver and bowels detox excess fats and excess estrogens.
Having a healthy weight and feeding your body nutrients aimed to nourish and regenerate will help your heart and organs stay healthy.
If you have high cholesterol you may also consider trying high dose fish oil: and we’re talking about 3 grams of EPA and 3 grams of DHA.
Exercise is amazing for balancing your lipids, too.
Lastly, if you have to take a statin, than you absolutely must take the supplement COQ10.
As mentioned, COQ10 is used by every single cell in your body and is necessary for survival. Taking COQ10 will not only give your body the nutrients it needs, but it will prevent heart disease, depression, muscle disease and so much more.
Ogbru, O., Marks, J.W., & Davis, C.P. n.d. Statins. Retrieved from https://www.medicinenet.com/statins/article.htm
Lopez-Jimenez, F. (2015, October 30). Cholesterol Level: Can it be too low? Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/expert-answers/cholesterol-level/faq-20057952
Deichmann, R., Lavie, C., & Andrews, S. (2010). Coenzyme Q10 and Statin-Induced
Mitochondrial Dysfunction. The Ochsner Journal, 10(1), 16-21. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3096178/
Goodman, B. (2014). More Docs Wonder If Statins Are Worth the Risks. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20140818/statins-side-effects-news#4
Nawarskas, J.J. (2005). HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors and Coenzyme Q10. Cardiol Rev, 13(2), 76-9. doi 10.1097/01.crd.0000154790.42283.a1