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The Sinister Secret of CoQ10 and Statin Drugs


pills hero image You’ve probably heard about the many amazing ways that taking a Coenzyme Q10 supplement can benefit your health, from increased energy and mental clarity to significantly improved heart health. In fact, the effects of CoQ10 are so well established that it has become one of the most popular supplements, and many doctors, even conservative ones, are starting to recommend it.

However, what many people don’t realize is that many CoQ10 supplements — even some expensive ones — are made with a form of CoQ10 that is so poorly absorbed, it may as well be an empty pill. This is why many people take CoQ10 for years without ever experiencing noticeable benefits, and then unfortunately are led to believe that CoQ10 is more marketing hype than a health miracle. What a shame.

CONSUMER ALERT: There’s actually a shocking secret about the way most CoQ10 is manufactured that many companies don’t want you to find out about. And if you fall victim to this ploy, you’ll certainly miss out on CoQ10’s incredible ability to invigorate your health with its unparalleled antioxidant benefits.

Please keep reading, because taking the right kind of CoQ10 can have a significant positive impact on your life, but you need to know what to look for so you don’t waste your money and miss out on the opportunity to vastly improve your heart and overall health.

CoQ10 Is Fuel for Your Heart

Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day to get its job done and is fueled by CoQ10, which is why so many scientific studies have shown that it confers powerful support for your entire cardiovascular system.[1] When your heart has the high levels of CoQ10 it needs, it works like a charm. You see, your mitochondria (the cells energy factories) need CoQ10 to generate ATP energy to keep your heart cells functioning and healthy.

But when levels get too low, your heart strains to do its job, and ultimately your entire body suffers.[2]

Suboptimal heart function can play a role in a variety of health problems that plague us as we get older. That’s why taking the right CoQ10 can play a major role in making sure your body has the cellular energy you need to maintain a strong, healthy heart to live an active, healthy lifestyle as you age.

By Age 50, Your CoQ10 Levels May Be Critically Low

According to leading experts on the cutting edge of natural health, it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you age. After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, this depletion of CoQ10 continues to accelerate and by age 70, your natural CoQ10 levels may be 50% lower than they were when you were a young adult![3]

We all know that as we age, our bodies do not perform as well in certain areas. But in many of these cases, there’s little we can do about it. That’s why I get so excited about CoQ10. It’s one tool that enables us to fight back against aging, and provide our bodies with a nourishing antioxidant that it is struggling to produce!

However, age isn’t the only factor that accelerates the loss of CoQ10. You may be shocked to learn that one of the worst culprits is pharmaceutical drugs, especially statins.

Statins and Other Drugs Can Quickly Deplete CoQ10 Levels

If you are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug such as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor or Pravachol, then you’re probably trying your best to stay on top of your cardiovascular health. However, I have important news to share with you today.

While statins aren’t for everyone (due to some well-established side effects), there is a hidden side effect that is not detailed on the warning label. And your doctors, in their rush to see the next patient, may have simply neglected to warn you, or even worse don’t even know about it in the first place.

It is widely known that statins severely deplete your body’s natural levels of CoQ10, which can be very dangerous. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half![4]

Statin drugs aren’t the only culprit. In fact, there is a long list of pharmaceutical drugs that rob your body of CoQ10. And since nearly 50% of American adults take at least one prescription drug daily, it’s more important than ever to supplement with CoQ10 so you can be sure your body has the necessary levels needed for proper cellular energy function and a strong cardiovascular system.

Why You Need the Right CoQ10 Right Now

I can tell you firsthand that once you start taking the right kind of CoQ10, you’ll know it without a shred of doubt.

You’ll experience a noticeable boost in your energy levels as you feed your mitochondria the fuel it craves. This increased energy production will, in turn, improve your heart health since an active, healthy heart has such high energy demands. And the benefits don’t stop there. CoQ10 may in fact support both optimal brain and skin health.

As I explained above, the older you get, the more likely you are to have reduced levels of CoQ10. This is why I recommend a high-quality CoQ10 supplement to help slow the signs of aging. But please don’t grab the first CoQ10 bottle you see on the shelf believing it will provide these incredible health benefits.


The Supplement Industry’s DIRTY Secret

You can find CoQ10 supplements virtually everywhere. And unfortunately, most people are tricked into thinking all CoQ10 is the same. But there’s a dirty little secret that they won’t tell you on the label. Most of the major studies supporting the benefits of CoQ10 have been conducted with natural CoQ10. But many supplements are made with synthetic CoQ10.

Worse yet, guess what synthetic CoQ10 is synthesized from? Believe it or not, tobacco leaves are the primary source! This synthetic junk is called the “cis” form, and there is absolutely no good data out there proving its effectiveness or safety. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to put anything in my body that’s used to make cigarettes.

You might be surprised, but 100% natural CoQ10, known as the “trans” form, is usually no more expensive than synthetic CoQ10 — you just need to know how to look for it. It’s easy if you follow my simple “cheat sheet.”

How to “Read Between the Lines”

Discount brands, such as those found in drugstores or big-box retailers, take advantage of labeling requirement loopholes, and do a great job hiding the source of their CoQ10. Don’t fall victim to their cost-cutting.

Here’s my foolproof guide that will prevent you from being scammed:

  • Look for the words “trans-form” on the label. Trans-form CoQ10 is identical to the CoQ10 produced naturally within the body, and if you read the studies on CoQ10 like I have, you’ll notice that most research is conducted using trans-form CoQ10.
  • Also check to see if the CoQ10 is made using yeast fermentation, which yields by far the most natural form. This is a patented process used by only the most reputable, higher quality producers of CoQ10.
  • Seek out a supplement that contains piperine, an extract of black pepper. One problem with CoQ10 is that it’s not always well absorbed within the body. However, research shows that piperine significantly increases CoQ10 absorption by over 30%![5]
  • Finally, make sure it is made in a FDA-inspected facility. Who needs CoQ10 bottled in facilities of questionable integrity? It’s just not worth the risk.

CoQ10 May Be The Solution Your Doctor Overlooked

I’ve read hundreds of CoQ10 studies from around the world, and it’s been confirmed time and time again that CoQ10 is amazingly safe and well tolerated by the human body. There appears to be no toxicity whatsoever, even at very high levels, and it has virtually no side effects.[6,7] Also, it doesn’t make you jittery or upset your stomach, and it doesn’t conflict with any other medications or supplements.

What it does is nothing short of a health miracle:

  • Energizes your heart and keeps it pumping strong[7]
  • Supports brain health and mental clarity[8]
  • Increases cellular energy and effectively combats fatigue[9]
  • Fights off harmful free radicals that accumulate in your body[10]
  • Supports optimal skin health
  • Helps to keep your eyes healthy[11]
  • Promotes optimal gum and oral health[12]

The CoQ10 That I Personally Recommend

I invite you to shop around and do your own research, but the CoQ10 formula that I personally recommend is called MAX-Q10™. In addition to my work with Live in the Now, I run Stop Aging Now, a company that has been proudly making premium-grade supplements for over 20 years. I developed MAX-Q10 working with my Scientific Advisory Board as a way of fighting back against all the “DIRTY” CoQ10 out there on the market.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get MAX-Q10 for as low as $12.49 a bottle — plus free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal. Click here to learn more and take advantage of this special offer.

My goal in creating this formula was to offer a CoQ10 product of superior quality at an amazingly affordable price, so that no one has to suffer the consequences of declining CoQ10.

I take MAX-Q10 every single day without fail. Here’s why you should consider doing the same:

  • MAX-Q10 is made in a FDA-inspected facility with highly bioavailable trans-form CoQ10 that is cultivated and produced in Texas under the strictest quality control measures.
  • The CoQ10 found in MAX-Q10 is bio-identical to that produced naturally within the body and has been used in the vast majority of clinical trials over the past 30 years.
  • MAX-Q10 is made using the superior yeast fermentation method, which provides the most natural form and is what many top researchers use when conducting their studies.
  • Just one easy-to-swallow softgel per day contains 200 mg of pure CoQ10 with no unnecessary fillers or byproducts.
  • It’s enhanced with BioPerine® black pepper extract standardized to 95% piperine. This is the brand used in the research that shows piperine increases CoQ10 absorption by over 30%!
  • Guess what? MAX-Q10 costs as low as $12.49 per bottle, which is the same or even less than those discount, low-quality brands. Plus, it ships to you for free.
  • MAX-Q10 comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee. That’s right, take it for up to one year, and return it for a full refund if you don’t like it.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get MAX-Q10 for as low as $12.49 a bottle — plus free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to learn more and take advantage of this special offer.

Scientific References:

1. Gaby AR. Altern Med Rev 1996;1(3):168-175.
2. Mortensen SA et al. Int J Tissue React 1990;12(3):155-162.
3. Wada H, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Jul;55(7):1141-2.
4. Rundek T, et al. Arch Neurol 2004;61:889-892.
5. Badmaev V, et al. J Nutr Biochem. 2000;11(2): 109-113.
6. Langsjoen PH, et al. Klin Wochenschr 1988; 66:583-593.
7. Langsjoen PH, et al. Am J Cardiol 1990; 65(7):521-523.
8. Young AJ, et al. CNS Spectr 2007; 12(1):62-68.
9. Tiano L, et al. Eur Heart J 2007;28(18): 2249-55.
10. Lee BJ, et al. Nutrition 2012;28(3):250-255.
11. Feher J, et al. Ophthalmologica 2005;219(3):154-166.
12. Iwamoto Y, et al. Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol 1975;11:265-71.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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12 responses to “The Sinister Secret of CoQ10 and Statin Drugs”

  1. Robert Beasley says:

    You did not mentioned the distinction of Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. As DR Whitaker says the conversion gets less as we age and that ubiquinol is the main form our bodies use hence we may not be getting the Ubiquinol we need “if any”. He therefore recommends the ubiquinol form for older adults.

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      Thank you for your comment.
      Ubiquinone supplements can be highly absorbable if formulated to address this and if taken with a meal. I think that you will find the following article informative. It discusses this issue and their study on a 71 year old subject using both forms of CoQ10, ubiquinone and ubiquinol:

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  3. Hi , Just found your site , full of wonderful information . I am a 72 year old Australian guy, healthy , active & regular exercise .Just had pathology results returned , every thing is excellent ,. except cholesterol is high. Yes , as you predicted in this article,the local General Practitioner immediately produced the prescription book & prescribed APO- Rosuvastatin 10MG tablets . Co-incidental that I read your above article next day . My question —— Is CoQ10 a complete substitute or a supplement for my prescribed medication. Is your CoQ10 available in Australia , if so could you advise me were to purchase here .In Australia we have a pharmaceutical scheme were welfare & aged pensioner recipients only pay $6 for prescribed medication. If pharmacist stock your product & is on the eligible list , great bonus .Hoping you can be of some assistance
    Thanking you

    • Segen Tekle says:

      Hi David,
      Thank you so much for the great feedback.
      CoQ10 is an extremely vital nutrient to consider as you get older and especially when taking statin drugs. CoQ10 will not replace your cholesterol medication, however it’s a good idea to include a coq10 supplement in addition to your medication. If you wish to discontinue taking your prescription drugs, it’s always advised you consult with your physician prior to doing so. Since coq10 is beneficial to heart health and muscle function, this depletion can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and even heart complications. Therefore, it is absolutely vital to supplement with CoQ10 if you’re taking a statin drug.

      Our products are not available in any stores around the world, however we do ship to Australia.

      I hope this information is useful.
      Best wishes! :)

  4. Alain Cordier says:

    Is it really necessary to take a small(?) amount of vitamin B6 when we have to take exogenous coe q10 in the long run as here with a statin treatment?

    • Segen Tekle says:

      Hi Alain,
      That’s an interesting study, thanks for sharing. The purpose of this study was to investigate the activities of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 for immune responses. Although taking b vitamins in addition to coq10 would certainly aid in energy production, it’s not necessary. You will still benefit from coq10 alone.
      Hopefully this clears things up!

  5. Adrienne says:

    Ubiquinol…..isn’t this the best form of

    • Segen Tekle says:

      Hi Adrienne,
      Ubiquinone is the more common form and has been extensively researched for over 30 years. In the body, CoQ10 exists either in its oxidized form, ubiquinone, or in its reduced form, ubiquinol. When ubiquinone is used by the body, it transforms and becomes ubiquinol. In the same way, reduced CoQ10 (ubiquinol) becomes ubiquinone when it carries out its role in the body. This conversion takes place to maintain a state of equilibrium. Regardless of what form of CoQ10 you take as a supplement, the body is able to convert the consumed form to the other form as needed.

      Hopefully this clears things up!

  6. James Harvey says:

    I bought this from you but it make my throat burn after taking it . i dont take statins because they cause cramps in my neck an other places .

  7. Marilyn Plunkett says:

    My body produces its own cholesterol without statins. Therefore I am required to take 1 statin drug. What could I take to replace a statin. When i was taken off Pravacol my chol. Count went up 40 points in 1 month. Back on pravacol it went right down dramatically.
    What do you suggest as I”ve tried 4 different statins with the same effect!
    I tKe CoQ10 made in USA from GNC
    Thanks for an answer!