CoQ10 and Statins: How much should I take?

“How much CoQ 10 should I take with my statin?”

Structure of ubiquinone (coenzyme Q, CoQ)

How much of this should I take?

We get this question a lot.

First, let’s set aside this question of whether you should or should not take CoQ10 with statins.

There is no question that all statin patients should take a high-quality CoQ10 supplement.

The proof in animal experiments and human trials is pretty clear. As a quick example, this study in mice concluded:

Atorvastatin decreased exercise endurance in mice through mitochondrial dysfunction due to ubiquinone deficiency. Ubiquinone supplementation with coenzyme Q(10) could reverse atorvastatin-related mitochondrial dysfunction and decrease in exercise tolerance.

In both adults and kids, the relationship between statins and reduced coenzyme Q 10 (or ubiquinone) is also clear. For example, in kids with genetically high levels of cholesterol who are on statins experienced:

…a significant decrease in cellular…CoQ10 status…

 The literature on this topic seems endless! Here is another study coming to the exact same conclusion:

Many studies confirmed the relationship between statin therapy and lower plasma ubiquinone level.

And on and on and on…

So there is no question that if you are on a statin, you should be taking a high quality coenzyme Q 10 supplement.

The CoQ10 supplement will make up for the coenzyme Q 10 that your body is not making, because it’s being blocked by the statin.

You can learn more about how statins block our body’s ability to make coenzyme Q 10 in this video

But, how much CoQ10 should you take? What is the CoQ10 dose that I should take with my statin?

Well, that’s a different, and much more complicated matter.

First, not all CoQ10 supplements deliver the same amount of CoQ10 into our circulation.

It so happens that coenzyme Q 10, especially in its most active ubiquinol form, is difficult to get into our circulation from taking an oral pill.

(This assumes that the supplement has ubiquinol, and not its less active cousins ubiquinone, and semiquinone).

Regardless, let’s assume that your CoQ10 supplement has ubiquinone, the active form of CoQ10 that you need.

For most ubiquinol supplement, only a fraction of the amount in the pill gets into the circulation.

So, good ubiquinol supplements have special formulas to maximize the amount of ubiquinol that gets out of the pill and into the circulation.

Now some products get around this problem by recommending that you take 3-4 capsules a day. But seriously, who wants to do that?

So, how much CoQ10 should you take if you’re on a statin?

The answer most clinical researchers recommend is ~100-200 milligrams per day. For example, as is recommended by University of Maryland Medical Center physicians.

But, again, it really depends on the quality and the formula used.

If you take 100 milligrams of pure ubiquinol packed into a simple capsule, the actual amount that gets absorbed into the circulation will be minimal…so that’s a waste of money, and the problem of fatigue from the statin is still there!

Part of the reason why we’re so keen on our Ubiquinol-QH product is that this formula is perfect for maximizing the amount of coenzyme Q that gets out of the capsule and into your circulation.

So the dose with Ubiquinol-QH is only one 100 mg capsule a day. That’s it!

So, if you’ve been feeling tired ever since you started taking your statin, then definitely start taking coenzyme q 10 supplements.

But don’t just take any one! Look for one that can be taken once a day, at a dose of 100 milligrams, and that is affordable.

We think Ubiquinol-QH fits the bill.

So, do check it out today!

Still not convinced?

Watch our video where we discuss this in more detail:


New Video: CoQ10 and Statins

We’ve posted a new video on our site which discusses the relationship between Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10 and cholesterol-lowering statins.

Have you ever wondered if these wonder drugs cause tiredness and fatigue?

Not only do statins cause tiredness, but the way in which they do it is very well understood.

Coenzyme Q 10 supplements are a great way to combat this side effect.

In fact, doctors in many other countries, such as Canada and Japan, are insisting that their patients who are on statins for their cholesterol should also take a CoQ10 supplement.

But which CoQ10 supplement should one take?

In the video, we explain the link between statins and fatigue.

Plus, we offer a recommendation for dealing with this problem.

Lovastatin, a statin drug drawn in bkchem and ...

This stuff makes you tired. Find out why. 

CoQ10 Side Effects

Barbara in Philadelphia, sent us this note:

“I’d like to try you coenzyme q10 product, but does it have side effects?”

Well, Barbara, the good news is that coenzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10) does not have any major side effects.

Remember, CoQ10 is produced naturally by all of the cells in the body. It is an important substance in the conversion of food to

chemical structure of Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q)

chemical structure of Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


So taking a supplement with CoQ10 will not cause any major side effects.

As with any other supplement, you may experience some mild stomach upset, and even some nausea.

Insomnia is another possible side effect.

There are rare cases where CoQ10 may lower your blood pressure. So if you are also on any blood pressure medication, we suggest speaking with your prescriber before taking CoQ10 for your heart.

Also, if you are having any surgery, we recommend stopping the CoQ10 at least two weeks prior to the procedure.

So that’s it, Barbara. Thanks for your question!

P.S. Don’t know what Barbara is asking about? Check our our new Ultra Coenzyme Q10 product. It’s specially formulated to get the most coenzyme Q10 into your circulation…guaranteed!

Can Statins Cause Energy Loss?

Have you noticed a loss of energy since you started taking statins?

Have you reduced or eliminated your exercise program since you started taking statins?

Wouldn’t you like to stop taking your statin and control your cholesterol, without dangerous prescription drugs? 


Dear Statin Users, 

Your doctor has prescribed a statin, such as atorvastatin or rosuvastatin, to lower your LDL “bad” cholesterol. 

Have you found yourself with decreased energy since you started taking your statin? 

Do you find yourself exercising less (if at all) since you started taking your statin…even though you doctor recommends exercise to help reduce your cholesterol?

This is a real problem. 

Your statin may be causing you to have lower energy, which means you exercise less (if at all). 

This means you have lower chance of reducing your cholesterol without the statin, which means you’re on the statin longer…

In fact, if you read the statin label, it clearly says that is should be used with diet, exercise, and weight loss to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke…

How can you “reduce the risk” when you don’t have the energy to exercise? 

In fact, this creates a vicious cycle, where the LDL could remain high for a long time, increasing your risk for serious heart disease! vicious-ldl-cycle-low-q10.png

What is the solution?

Coenzyme Q 10, or CoQ10, is well-known “antidote” against the lack of energy caused by statins. 

CoQ10 is a substance found in every cell of the body. It is an important part of the process that converts food into energy. 

Our bodies make all of the CoQ10 that we need. So normally, we would not need to take a supplement. 

BUT, statins block the process our bodies use to make CoQ10!

So now we know why statins zap your energy…they block the process that makes CoQ10, so less food is converted to energy…less energy for you to exercise!

Yes, you can take CoQ10 supplements…but our formula is better.


One of the challenges with Coenzyme Q 10 is that is is difficult to get it into your system after swallowing. 

Taking CoQ10 with a fatty meal helps, but who should be eating fatty meals when on a statin? 


We have a better idea…

Our Ultra Coenzyme Q10 formula from Douglas Labs combines coenzyme Q 10 with a small amount of lecithin, a fat commonly found in many foods, such as chocolate, flours and doughs, and many others.

By combining coenzyme Q 10 with lecithin, you get more coenzyme Q 10 into your system…delivering the energy-boosting power you need to get that LDL back down, and get you back to a healthier you!coq10-pk.jpg

Proof? Ok. We have proof. 

Here is a graph from a study with the Ultra Coenzyme Q 10 product (Product A). What this clearly shows is that Ultra Coenzyme Q 10 achieves more CoQ10 in the blood versus other brands! 

More CoQ10 in your system = more energy = greater chance of reducing your LDL forever!

We want you to get back on your feet with the energy you need to conquer your LDL and get you off your statins forever. 

So, for a limited time, we’re offering the following:

Ultra Coenzyme Q10 at a special, introductory price of $64.95 per bottle of 30 soft-gels…that’s only $2 per soft-gel!

$5 Shipping via US Postal Service anywhere in the Continental US.

A Free Speed Jump Rope with your order, a $10 value

I want as many of you as possible to start taking better control of your health and energy levels. 

I want you to have the energy to start exercising more so that you can lower your LDL and get off the statins entirely. 

However, we can’t make these special offers forever.

So please, act quickly…take control of your health again and get more energy and get off those statins for good. 

Ultra Coenzyme Q10 comes in bottles of 30, 60, and 90 chewable soft-gels. 

Each chewable soft-gel contains:

CoenzymeQ-10……………………………..200 mg    

Lecithin (from soy)…………………………100 mg

Dose: 1-2 gels per day

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.    

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.    

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