About 12 years ago, I wrote of how alternative physicians were warning patients who were taking cholesterol drugs about the importance of augmenting those statin drugs by supplementing with Coenzyme Q10.
Those alternative physicians were basing their urgency on the fact that statin cholesterol drugs, while stopping the liver from producing cholesterol, were also halting the production of coenzyme Q10, which supports mitochondrial energy function. It’s also important to note, that back then, most physicians did not accept the premise of the need for CoQ10; some calling it junk sciences. Well, today, most physicians totally accept that patients need CoQ10.
CoQ10 is found in all human cells. The highest concentrations are found in the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas; organs that possess the most metabolically active cells. It is found in tremendous amounts in the cells of the immune system. Although it is found in nuts, peanuts and walnuts as well as oily fish (that I can’t eat), it is difficult to obtain enough to replace the shortfall both age and statin drugs create. Once we reach the age of 40, our own production of CoQ10 begins to drop dramatically. So, those who take statin drugs and are over the age of 50 are getting the double whammy of CoQ10 loss.
After I wrote the first article, it was discovered the most bio-available form of CoQ10 was known as “ubiquinol.” You see ads on TV for products containing ubiquinol.
Another amazing aspect of CoQ10 in ubiquinol form was discovered by the National Cancer Institute to help protect the heart from the cancer drug Doxorubicin. Additionally, yet another study by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was found to have shown this wonderful enzyme as helping cancer patients. The study in about 2008 or 2009 was conducted among patients with melanoma and breast cancer. In the melanoma study, the NCI compared the effect of administering alpha interferon with or without daily CoQ10 in large doses (400 mg.).
As reported in the September 2015 issue of “Life Extension Magazine,” “there was an astounding 10-fold lower risk of metastasis in the CoQ10-supplemented group! This effect was even more pronounced for those with more advanced melanoma, where supplemented patients were 13 times less likely to develop metastasis, according to the publication. Additionally, patients with kidney disease on dialysis were found to have improved and need less dialysis when augmented with CoQ10.
In 2009, the magazine reported cancer patients were found to have exceedingly low levels of CoQ10 in their blood. That is what precipitated the studies.
Human trials were called for but the National Cancer Institute cited costs as the reason for not conducting the trials.
Other smaller studies were conducted that found the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 was helpful with multiple sclerosis, ALS and muscular disorders as well as neurological disorders.
While no one should take the high doses without the advice and under the observation of his/her physician, alternative physicians believe there is plenty of reason to take smaller doses when taking statin drugs or if one is over the age of 40.
We should have wide-spread studies, but somehow the funding is not there. However, the funding is available to study teaching mountain lions to ride a treadmill ($856,000) and studying the gambling habits of monkeys. Gosh, I never knew there was a casino at the zoo and creating a video game on climate change. And there is tweeting at terrorists ($3 million) and testing the reaction of monkeys to the effects of cocaine.
Even considering these marvelous trials, there is not a great deal of excitement in the medical community about taking CoQ10. Talk to your physician about supplementing with this wonder worker; especially if you are over the age of 40.
Dee Woods can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org