The Cholesterol Mistake Millions Make

The strategy most people choose for averting heart-related tragedy is risky and ineffective

Woman in PharmacyWhen it comes to cardiovascular disease, the statistics are grim. Heart disease claims the lives of 1 in 4 Americans.[1] So if you’re like most health-conscious individuals over the age of 40, you probably have some kind of plan in place for keeping your heart healthy and your cholesterol levels in check as you get older. But is your plan a good one? Sadly, the strategy that most people choose for averting heart-related tragedy is risky and ineffective. It sure does wonders for the pharmaceutical industry’s profitability, however.

Be Wary of Cholesterol-Lowering Pills

Big Pharma’s best-selling drugs of all time are prescribed under the guise of “improving” cholesterol ratios and decreasing your risk of heart trouble. Drug companies spend billions each year marketing these pills to both doctors and consumers, hoping to sign up as many poor souls as possible for a lifetime of pill popping.

By some estimates, 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 is on a cholesterol-lowering drug, with doctors seemingly just giving them out like candy. Heck, it’s even been suggested that we start putting our kids on these drugs, and that we should put them in our water supply. But you don’t need to fall into Big Pharma’s trap.

The Conventional Approach is Dangerous and Ineffective

According to a growing number of experts, 99 out of 100 people on cholesterol-lowering medications should not be. Emerging research is showing that these pills are not the wonder drugs they were once thought to be. Their effects wear off quickly if you stop taking them; they do little to raise good cholesterol; and while they make your “numbers” look good, they actually do not significantly decrease cardiovascular-related deaths. In fact, a recent study found that less than 3 percent of people get any benefit, and the rest just get risks and complications.[2]

Many people experience fatigue and aches and pains within days of beginning to take cholesterol-lowering medications. Others report memory loss, headaches, difficulty sleeping, dizziness and nausea. However, what is extremely scary is that some of these medications can actually cause serious problems ranging from permanent nerve damage and impotence to death. According to the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, cholesterol-lowering drugs have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.[3]

Their Pills Actually Put Your Heart in Grave Danger

It is widely known that cholesterol-lowering medications severely deplete your body’s natural levels of a powerful antioxidant called CoQ10, which ironically, puts your heart health at risk. A Columbia University study found that just 30 days on cholesterol-lowering medications can decrease your CoQ10 levels by half.[4]

CoQ10 is most highly concentrated in your heart, and low levels of CoQ10 can cause a variety of vague symptoms, such as chronic muscle pain and weakness, low energy and cloudy thinking. Oftentimes, people simply chalk these “mystery” symptoms up to getting older and accept it, not realizing that the solution to their problems could be as simple as correcting this nutritional deficiency that affects the majority of people over age 45.[5] Unfortunately, few doctors fully understand the nature of CoQ10 deficiency and how it affects heart function.

CoQ10 Keeps ‘Bad’ Cholesterol From Turning Ugly

For a healthy cardiovascular system, you need strong, pliable blood vessels that allow blood to circulate freely throughout your body, delivering vital oxygen and nourishment to every cell. Maintaining balanced levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) is vital to keeping your blood vessels healthy. The trouble starts when LDL cholesterol oxidizes, building up inside your blood vessels and arteries and causing them to harden.

Breakthrough research has shown that CoQ10’s antioxidant properties actually block LDL oxidation while increasing levels of HDL cholesterol.[6] According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, people with high cholesterol levels tend to have lower CoQ10 levels compared to individuals with normal cholesterol levels.[7]

Why Take  CoQ10 Supplements?

According to leading experts, it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you age — and even more critical if you take a cholesterol-lowering drug.[8] After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, your CoQ10 levels may be too low to support optimal heart function.[9] By age 70, your levels can become so low they can actually accelerate aging.[10]

I’ve read hundreds of CoQ10 studies from around the world and can tell you with confidence that CoQ10 is amazingly safe and well tolerated by the human body. There appears to be no toxicity, even at very high levels.[11] [12] [13] CoQ10 also has virtually no side effects. It doesn’t make you jittery or upset your stomach. It doesn’t conflict with any other medications or supplements you may take.

What it does do is nothing short of a health miracle:

  • Energizes your heart and keeps it pumping strong[14]
  • Blocks “bad” cholesterol oxidation, keeping blood vessels pliable[15]
  • Improves cellular energy production and combats fatigue[16]
  • Boosts brain power and increases mental clarity[17]
  • Fights off harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging

The Supplement Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

You can find CoQ10 supplements virtually everywhere. And unfortunately, most people are tricked into thinking all CoQ10 is the same. But there’s a dirty little secret that they won’t tell you on the label. All of the research supporting the benefits of CoQ10 has been conducted with natural CoQ10. But most supplements are made with synthesized CoQ10. Worse yet, guess what it is synthesized from — believe it or not, tobacco leaves are the primary source!

You’d be surprised, but 100 percent natural CoQ10 is usually no more expensive then synthetic CoQ10 — you just need to know how to look for it.

How to Read Between the Lines

Discount brands, such as those found in drugstores or big-box retailers, do a great job hiding the source of their CoQ10. But here’s a foolproof “cheat sheet” that will help guide you.

1. Look for the words “trans-form” on the label. Trans-form CoQ10 is identical to the CoQ10 produced naturally within the body, and if you read all of the studies on CoQ10, you’ll notice every single researcher in the world worth his or her salt uses only trans-form CoQ10.

2. Check to see if the CoQ10 is made using yeast fermentation, which yields the most effective form.

3. Make sure it says “Made in the USA” right on the bottle. Who needs CoQ10 bottled overseas in facilities of questionable integrity? It’s just not worth the risk.

You can find CoQ10 supplements on the shelves of any pharmacy or health food store, and I recommend that you to shop around and do your research. I’d like you to consider, however, a superior CoQ10 formula called MAX-Q10.

Of course, I must disclose that I developed MAX-Q10 after doing extensive research on CoQ10, so, naturally, I believe it’s truly the best product available. My company, Stop Aging Now, has been making premium grade supplements since 1995, and MAX-Q10 is one of our bestselling formulas.

MAX-Q10 is made with KanekaQ10, which I believe is the purest, most effective and absolute best CoQ10 ingredient available. KanekaQ10 is made with a unique yeast fermentation process that yields natural trans-form CoQ10, which is bio-identical to the CoQ10 found in the body.

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