“Statins” are a family of drugs used to reduce high blood levels of cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and to a lesser extent, triglycerides. Statins may also increase blood levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. These drugs include:
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- Fluvastatin (Lescol)
- Simvastatin (Zocor)
- Lovastatin (Mevacor)
- Pravastatin (Pravacol)
In patients with high cholesterol, statin therapy results in decreased CoQ10 levels. Supplementation with 100mg per day has been shown to prevent reductions in blood levels of Coq10 due to statin therapy. In one study, people taking CoQ10 along with simvastatin increased their blood CoQ10 concentration by 63%. Many doctors recommend that people taking HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor drugs also supplement with approximately 90mg of CoQ10 per day, although 30mg per day is sufficient in preventing the decline in CoQ10.
CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals. Almost every cell in the body contains CoQ10. It is concentrated in the mitochondria, the area of the cells where energy is produced and is also involved in ATP production (the energy on which the body runs). The heart and the liver contain the greatest amount of CoQ10.
Sona CoQ10 120mg provides a high dose of Coenzyme Q10 in each one-a-day, easy to take capsule. These capsules also contain a small amount of oil which helps the absorption of CoQ10.