Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD
The longer you live, the more likely you are to die of something. I read recently that all the health nuts out there who do everything right are someday going to die of nothing.
When talking "health," longevity is just part of the picture. We all want quality of the time we have and to live as freely and happily as possible.
My family history suggests that I have some issues to fix if I want either quantity or quality of life. I am learning more about nutrition and its role in both quantity and quality of life, and it is affecting my personal choices and those I propose to patients. I find myself as a doctor of chiropractic increasingly drawn to research-based, scientifically sound, but wholly natural solutions to health issues.
Like many people with cholesterol problems, I have begun taking a cholesterol buster (a "statin" drug). It has worked like a charm, but I hear and read that there are side effects that I don't want. The very mechanism of the drug that makes it successful creates another dangerous problem that is not stressed sufficiently to consumers. Because there are so many folks on statin drugs, I want to introduce you to my co-worker, who can help you to live a longer and happier life.
My co-worker is a co-enzyme, which is a vitamin-like substance that facilitates vital chemical reactions in the cells of the body: Co-enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10), which has been extensively studied for 30 years. The more you know about my co-worker, the more you will like Co-Q10. You will want Co-Q10 working with you, too.
The problem with the statin drug I am taking is that it depletes Co-Q10. A low Co-Q10 leads to dysfunction of the left side of the heart, which, trust me, will ruin your whole day. There is good evidence that supplementation of this co-enzyme supports cardiac function. Co-Q10 also protects your DNA from oxidative damage and helps maintain normal energy levels by supporting the powerhouses in your cells. That's pretty impressive stuff for such a small molecule.
Co-Q10 is made naturally in the body, peaking in production in the third decade of life and falling lower with increasing maturity. The diet to which most of us are accustomed provides only about 5 mg of this co-enzyme daily, but you need six to ten times that amount for general health maintenance alone. You need much more to stay healthy. Cardiovascular support requires much more?up to 250 mg/day.
If you are over 40 years of age, consider supplementing your diet with a high-grade Co-Q10. If you are on a statin drug?Lipitor, Crestor, Simvistatin, Mevachor, Zochor, Lescol, and others?get on a high-grade Co-Q10 as soon as you can. Don't take statin drugs without it.
Read about statin drugs and Co-Q10 on the internet. Talk to the doctor who prescribed the statin drug for you and ask about it. Talk to friends or family who are on statin drugs, too. It could make a big difference in the way you feel. You can also call me at the clinic to talk about this; my co-worker is standing by.