Statins are a group of drugs which are used to lower cholesterol. Statins can lower bad cholesterol by up to 50% and increase good cholesterol by up to 15%.
Why do people need to lower cholesterol?
Too much bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) in your blood means you have an increased risk of heart disease. Excess LDL cholesterol in your blood results in it being deposited in the arteries. As it gets worse you have a higher risk of getting blocked arteries and suffering a heart attack.
Are there other ways to lower cholesterol?
Absolutely - statins shouldn't really be the first point of call.
- Eat a low fat diet with as little saturated fat as possible
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
Are there any side effects of statins?
As with any drugs there is always the risk of side effects. Statins are known to affect the production of an enzyme called Coenzyme Q10 which is produced in the liver. Co-Q10 is found in almost every cell in the body and is responsible for energy production in your muscles.
Taking statins can often leave people feeling lethergic and low on energy, GPs are increasingly recommending that people take a Coenzyme Q10 supplement to combat this issue.
A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.