CoQ10’s vital role in energy production means that should our stores run into ‘red’ you can experience debilitating symptoms such as a lack of energy, muscle aches and pains and, over a period of time, heart problems, including heart failure.
The reduction of CoQ10 can have a significant impact on cardiovascular function. Studies suggest that 20mg of simvastatin reduced the level of plasma CoQ10 by 42.9% over a period of 3 months.(i) This reduction in vital levels of CoQ10 can reduce its protective ability against oxidative stress in areas such as the arteries. This reduced protection can play a significant contributory role in the development of atherosclerosis. CoQ10’s nomenclature ‘Ubiquinone’, translated literally as ‘everywhere’, gives you an indication of how important CoQ10 really is.
Although the body is able to produce its own supply of CoQ10, blood concentrations of this nutrient peak at 20 years of age and it is not long into our life that demand starts to outweigh supply. Supply from foods ‘rich’ in CoQ10 are unable to provide the therapeutic levels that the body needs in a state of deficiency. Add to this declining levels as a result of food processing and you will be able to see why many medical professionals, as well as those in the natural health field, agree that co enzyme Q10 supplementation is essential for those on statin medication.