CoQ10 for Cholesterol - Should I Take It And Does It Work?

The simple answer is yes.

Even if it doesn't lower your high cholesterol, it has significant indirect benefits as well (discussed below).

Our previous article Health Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 talked about all the heart health benefits of CoQ10 so we won't even mention them here.

What we want to look at in this article is whether taking coenzyme Q10 for cholesterol problems actually brings it down.

Read on for the scientific studies supporting this claim and the use of this vitamin-like natural substance...

Recommendations on CoQ10 for High Cholesterol Problem

Here's what scientific studies have shown about the health benefits of using CoQ10 in those individuals suffering from high cholesterol.

Individuals with high cholesterol tend to have lower levels of CoQ10 compared to those of the same age who do not have high cholesterol.

Prescription "statin" type cholesterol-lowering medications deplete the body's natural supply of CoQ10. These statin-type medications include Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor and Crestor.

Some clinical studies showed that CoQ10 does not decrease the levels of LDL ("bad" cholesterol) but does increase the levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol).

Studies also showed that muscle weakness and pain can be reduced with CoQ10 supplements. These are common side effects of taking statin-type cholesterol lowering medications.

The antioxidant effect of coenzyme Q10 is shown to protect against oxidative damage. Oxidation of fats deposited on the walls of blood vessels lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

What is the Recommended CoQ10 Dose for Statins Users?

Taking a statin-type cholesterol lowering medication prescribed by your doctor?

You should consider taking a CoQ10 supplement. That's what many experts are suggesting.

Despite the general endorsement by experts on the use of CoQ10, they are unable to agree on the best dose of CoQ10 dose to use.

Indeed, no clinical studies have been done to specifically tease out the exact amount needed.

So what do experts do? They make recommendations based on the amount used in typical research studies. That would be around 200 mg daily.

That's a good dose to start at. Adjust the amount you need in discussion with your family doctor.

High Cholesterol Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol

In additional to coenzyme Q10, there are many other effective natural supplements to help lower cholesterol levels.

Just as an example, experts have suggested natural remedies such as omega-3 fatty acids, garlic, niacin, olive oil and red yeast rice.

Check out the detailed report Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol for the complete list, including ratings on effectiveness and recommended dosages to take.

Bottom Line

Should I take CoQ10 for high cholesterol?

Scientific evidence is suggestive that a CoQ10 supplement could benefits those suffering from high cholesterol indirectly.

Even if taking CoQ10 only lowers your cholesterol modestly, it offers many other significant health benefits related to heart disease and high cholesterol.

As recommended by experts, consider taking 200 mg daily (or 100 mg twice daily) of CoQ10 as a starting point.

It could improve your cholesterol profile as well as protect against oxidative damage that could lead to further or accelerated atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Just be aware that the use of natural remedies like coenzyme Q10 is not a substitute for following a healthy low-fat diet and regular physical activity.

Moreover, if you are currently taking a statin-type medication to lower your cholesterol, it becomes even more important for you to take at least 200 mg of CoQ10 daily.

Statin-type medication are known to interfere with your body's ability to make CoQ10.