On A Statin Drug? You Need These Nutrients – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 25
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Today we are going to discuss the commonly used statin drug and it’s impact on essential nutrients in the body. If you are taking a statin drug to help lower your cholesterol, it is important to know that you are also depleting specific nutrients in your body that can increase the side effects you are feeling.
What are Statins and How Do They Work?
Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries and narrow or even block them. Numerous clinical trials have consistently shown that statins (if taken by a person with high LDL-cholesterol), reduces their risk of stroke, heart attack, angina, and heart related mortality. Statins are thought to be safe but they do interact with some of the newer blood thinners and can increase the risk of bleeding.
I think there are more issues connected to statins than is normally disclosed. Interestingly, when the statin industry sponsors a study, there is a very low incidence of side effects, perhaps in 1 or 2% of the study subjects. But when an independent academic research institution performs the same study, the incidence of side effects (especially muscle related side effects) climbs up to more than 10% of the study subjects. Considering how many millions of people are prescribed a statin – that’s a lot of people walking around fatigued or with muscle inflammation.
The Impact of Statins on Nutrients in your Body
The dirty little secret with statins is that they almost always deplete key nutrients needed for the heart, vision, memory, and muscle function. Importantly, this is very easy to remedy once you know about it; simply add the nutritional supplement to your daily regimen and you’re done; now you can stay on your statin and get rid of most of its side effects.
Commonly, Statins reduce energy production and lead to fatigue and can cause muscle inflammation, muscle pain, a decline in strength and stamina but rarely cause serious muscle problems. Of course the higher the dosage of the statin the more likely you are to encounter these side effects.
One of the nutrients that statins naturally deplete is Coenzyme Q10, or Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is needed for energy; no energy can be made in our body without it. Ubiquinol promotes cardiovascular and neuromuscular health. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important energy-releasing nutrient produced naturally in the human body. Ubiquinol is CoQ10 in its active form, which allows calories from food to be absorbed and utilized as energy throughout the body.†
Another nutrient that is depleted by statins is Creatine. Creatine Monohydrate is a naturally-occurring amino acid that supplies energy to all cells. Traditionally, Creatine Monohydrate is used as part of a fitness and recovery program, but recent studies show that it is also helpful for stress management and healthy aging. This helps to nourish and hydrate muscles and helps to maintain muscle fibers, especially in those with muscle concerns while on a statin.
Statins deplete eye health – it is not commonly known, but it is very important. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are yellow carotenoids found in vegetables that are referred to as macular pigments because the eye concentrates them in this region. The macula of the eye helps protect the vulnerable little organs needed for good vision near the retina and the macula is also responsible for fine vision. These carotenoids help support the health of macular tissue and vision health, according to a number of studies.
Again, statins depleting essential nutrients in your body are very easy to remedy once you know about it; simply add the nutritional supplement to your daily regimen and you’re done; now you can stay on your statin and get rid of most of its side effects. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below and I will be happy to guide you.
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