Outspoken medical practitioner Suzy Cohen, RPh has a thing or two to say about statins and your cholesterol. First and foremost she says, “Beware!”

You will do yourself and your body a huge favor, if you take a hard look at the implications of these oft-prescribed, high-cholesterol problem solvers.

It’s easier to just take it and hope for the best, but it’s better to know what you’re really getting into.

So, what’s in your medicine cabinet and how do they work?

Statins are strong anti-inflammatories that crush your own natural enzymes, responsible for making your own cholesterol. Cohen reminds us that despite what you may’ve been told, statins do not “suck out gooey cholesterol from your arteries.”

Does this suppression of cholesterol production really make you feel better?

Let’s see what scientific research tells us:

  • According to a 2015 study, published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, “Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure.” The researcher also states that “the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs.”
  • Other studies reveal similar findings, and attribute negative impact on the heart as likely connected to mitochondrial dysfunction. Statins are poison to mitochondria, and interrupt ATP ( the heart’s energy molecule) production. Survival without adequate ATP production is impossible. Without it, you would endure “fatigue, cramps, muscle weakness, memory loss, depression, cancer … you must have ATP in your body or else!” warns Cohen.
  • Statins have also been shown to inhibit the biosynthesis of vitamin K2, manufactured only if healthy intestinal gut flora exists. K2, from fermented vegetables, protects our arteries from calcium plaques or atherosclerosis.
  • We also know statins block selenium-containing proteins, referred to as selenoproteins, which protect muscles from free radical damage or oxidation — especially the hard-working heart muscle. This can lead to congestive heart failure.

So what do you do?

Cohen says statins should be taken at the lowest dose possible. Be sure to protect your health by putting back the nutrients that statins block: coenzyme Q10, selenium, and vitamin K2.

Read the full article here: Taking Statins? Beware!