In an article on the Functional Medicine University website, Dr. Ronald Grisanti explains the value Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) as one of the most important nutrients in the body. In the article Dr. Grisanti explains that medical literature shows that statin medications like Liptor, Crestor, and Zocor shut down the production of CoQ10, even though when depleted it causes the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which results in inflammation and an increased risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.
CoQ10 deficiency can cause fatal cardiomyopathy, heart attack, congestive heart failure (which usually carries a death sentence of 5 years), exhaustion, cancer, myopathy, depression resistant to anti-depressants, high blood pressure, gum disease and tooth loss, hair loss, liver disease, sudden complete memory loss or amnesia, cataracts, angina, cancer, folic acid deficiency, damaged cell membranes, and much more.
The key take-away from this article is that anyone taking one of these cholesterol-lowering medications should also be taking CoQ10 as a supplement. Interestingly enough, back in the 1990’s, Merck tried to add CoQ10 to one of their statin medications. They even tried to patent it. You can see their patent document at:
So, why was this large pharmaceutical giant thinking of producing a statin drug with CoQ10? They must have known that the body would be depleted of CoQ10 when taking a statin drug, and they knew the seriousness of the consequences.
If you are on a statin medication, you can determine your CoQ10 levels by getting a CardioION test or another more sensitive test called hydroxymethylglutarate. This is an organic acid assay which will show you, if a particular dose is high enough for your body.