Statins are one of the most widely prescribed drug classes, but are they good for you? Here are five key reasons to be skeptical if your doctor recommends a statin prescription.
Check out the five key reasons below:
1. Statins Don’t Work
In theory, statins lower your cardiovascular risk by lowering cholesterol – but cholesterol is just one factor of many, many that go into overall heart health. Statins don’t do much – they result in one less heart attack per 100 people treated, at best.
2. Statins Reduce CoQ10
The coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is vital for energy production in your body’s cells, but statins drastically reduce your body’s ability to produce CoQ10.
3. Statins Reduce Vitamin K2
This is particularly ironic, as K2 actually helps protect your heart and arteries from calcification and plaque build-up – both of which are key components of cardiovascular heath.
K2 deficiency can lead to an increased risk of the following, among others:
Heart attack and stroke
Inappropriate calcification, from heel spurs to kidney stones
4. Statins Reduce Ketone Production
Like Vitamin K2 and CoQ10, ketones are crucial for keeping biological processes moving smoothly, so reducing their production is not a good thing.
5. Increased Risk of Serious Diseases
Because of the three aforementioned decreased productions, you are at much higher risk of numerous diseases while on statins, including the following:
So be careful with statins. If you decide to take them, make sure you’re supplementing vitamin K2 and CoQ10.
Dr Mercola has a great deal more to say on the subject