Cholesterol plays an important role in many of the functions in the body. Every cell in your body contains cholesterol and it is a building block of several hormones. Cholesterol helps make vitamin D and bile.The liver manufactures all the cholesterol the body needs. But cholesterol also enters your body from dietary sources like meat, milk, & eggs. Too much cholesterol in your blood can increase the risk of coronary artery disease.

Cholesterol lowering medications (statins) block the production of cholesterol in the liver itself. They mildly raise HDL (good cholesterol) & lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. These medications are one of the first lines of treatment for most people with high cholesterol. Examples of statin medications include: Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol, Lipitor, Lescol & Mevacor. Side effects can include liver damage, & intestinal problems, mental confusion, high blood sugar & Type 2 diabetes, memory loss, & the depletion of CoQ10.

Effects of DEPLETION of CoQ10 include:

1. Congestive heart failure

2. High blood pressure

3. Stroke

4. Cardiomyopathy

5. Cardiac arrhythmias

6. Lack of energy

7. Generalized weakening of the immune system.

A scientific study was designed to determine whether cholesterol lowering medication decreases coenzyme Q10 levels. The study was also designed to test whether the decreases could be prevented by coenzyme Q10 supplementation. It was found that when taking cholesterol lowering medication that Coenzyme Q10 was decreased but could be adequately replaced by coenzyme Q10 supplementation.

The authors concluded that the medication effectively lowered tissue concentrations of Coenzyme Q10 and this depletion may be prevented by supplementation.