posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 12:09 AM
Admittedly, I didn't read all the comments, but here is my 2 cents.
Statins are inhibitors of an enzyme called HMG CoA reductase. This is an enzyme in the Mevalonate pathway. This pathway synthesizes Cholesterol amongs
other molecules including the Ubiquinones (CoQ10).
A poster on page two I think mentioned that Cholesterol does not appear from nowhere, and to be specific it is manufactured from Acetyl CoA in the
liver. So, not all Cholesterol in the body is dietary.
So, that is why you need to take CoQ10 when taking a statin drug because the enzyme that produces it is inhibited when taking statins. However, I
would add that even though it's more expensive than CoQ10 I would suggest you take Ubiquinol (Kaneka QH) as this is the active bioavailable form of
Ubiquinone (CoQ10) so you can take less of it.
There is also a relationships showing that if your cholesterol is too low you are at an increased risk for early death.
If you want a more natural approach to statins, look into Red Yeast Rice which is standardized for Monacolins. The Monacolins are the ingredients that
have the HMG CoA reductase inhibitor effect. In fact, I think it was Lovastatin which was developed by Merck by isolating Monacolin K from a fungus
and synthesizing it, concentrating it and putting it in a pill. So, it's probably much too strong and doesn't have the balanced effect of the Red
Yeast Rice. Also oyster mushrooms contains Monacolins as well.
The same potential side effects are still present, but potentially to a lesser degree. One of the big ones to watch out for is the rhabdomyolysis,
where the muscle tissue breaks down. This is often noted by pain in the larger muscles of the body such as the quadriceps.
I am a huge fan of Dr. Hyman, Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Amen, Dr. Oz and others who are getting more Americans to wake up to a new paradigm (or a return to the
old paradigm) in health: getting back to how what we eat and our lifestyle affects our health for better or worse.