What’s this? The wonder drugs statins can actually make matters worse?
Researchers from Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan, have shown that taking statins may, in fact, CAUSE hardening of the arteries and heart disease.
In February 2015, a study was published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, entitled, “Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms.” And the researchers concluded, “The epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs.”
One reason is that statins cause a loss of CoQ10, which is essential to mitochondrial function (we already have coverage elsewhere on this website) in the heart, muscles, brain etc. Another is that they deplete heme A, a protein which transports oxygen and iron to the heart. They prevent synthesis on vitamin K2 which prevents plaque formation; and they block selenoproteins like glutathione peroxidase which prevents free-radical damage.
So all in all, THEY MAY CUT NEW CHOLESTEROL FORMATION, BUT THEY SCREW UP MANY FACTORS ESSENTIAL TO HEART HEALTH (and brain health, and muscle strength).
While in the UK, the NHS urges the widespread use of statins in its latest policy document, in America ‘caution’ is the new buzzword. It seems that claims of reduced heart disease rates of 40 per cent may be grossly over-exaggerated!
Why am I not surprised – we have warned all along.