Statins now linked with muscle injuries and cataracts

People are at much higher risk of developing cataracts or suffering muscle injuries such as dislocations, strains and sprains, when taking Statins, researchers have found.

Muscle aches and pains, and injuries

Muscle aches and pains are well known side effects of statins and it’s now been shown those effects extend to joint and muscle injuries too.

It’s known that supplementing with CoQ10 brings relief from statin associated muscle pains. This is one of the reasons why anyone taking statins is strongly recommended to also supplement with CoQ10.

Statins block the manufacture of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the liver, which is needed by all cells in the body for energy production.

Statins linked with cataract formation

When free radical damage affects the lens in the eye, it causes it to become cloudy and opaque, as cataracts are being formed. CoQ10 has powerful antioxidant properties, and perhaps this is why statins are linked with cataract formation, due to the CoQ10 being blocked by this drug. Research into the links between cataracts and statins has produced mixed results but a new study highlighted a 27% increase in the risk of cataracts in people taking statins.

The side effects of Statins frequently far outweigh any benefits as these new studies are showing.

Statins block both cholesterol and CoenzymeQ10 production in the liver yet many vital functions including brain function, fat metabolism and hormone manufacture are dependent on cholesterol. There is much evidence to show the dangers of having LOW cholesterol.  Fortunately, natural alternatives for cholesterol balance such as plant sterols and lecithin don’t interfere with CoQ10 production, and don’t have the harmful side effects.


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