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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Statins reduce Coenzyme Q10 by 40% and may cause cellular damage

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 1993 Mar;33(3):226-9 and a recipe for pizza bites.

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Study title and authors:
Evidence of plasma CoQ10-lowering effect by HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Ghirlanda G, Oradei A, Manto A, Lippa S, Uccioli L, Caputo S, Greco AV, Littarru GP.
Institute of Internal Medicine, Catholic University Medical School, Rome, Italy.

This paper can be accessed at:

Concurrent to reducing cholesterol levels stain drugs also reduce the biosynthesis of the important nutrient ubiquinone (Coenzme Q10).

This study investigated the effects of statins on Coenzme Q10 levels. Firstly, two groups of five healthy volunteers treated with 20 mg per day of pravastatin  or simvastatin for a month. Then in a double-blind controlled study 30 patients with "high" cholesterol were given either pravastatin, simvastatin (20 mg per day), or placebo for three months.

The study found:
(a) In the healthy volunteer group cholesterol levels and Coenzme Q10 levels underwent about a 40% reduction after the statin treatment.
(b) The same extent of reduction, compared with placebo was measured in the "high" cholesterol patients treated with pravastatin or simvastatin.

The data show that the treatment with statins lowers both cholesterol and Coenzme Q10 levels in normal volunteers and in patients with "high" cholesterol.

The authors of the study, based at the Catholic University Medical School in Rome, concluded: "Coenzme Q10 is essential for the production of energy and also has antioxidative properties. A diminution of Coenzme Q10 availability may be the cause of membrane alteration with consequent cellular damage".

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Pizza Bites

◦5-7 oz. (about 20-30 pieces) large, preservative-free pepperoni
All Natural, Nitrate Free Dry Cured Italian Style Pepperoni: 9oz. Pkg (2 Sticks Per Package)
Food Mall: Nitrate Free Pepperoni
◦pizza sauce
◦grated cheese, optional

For Supreme
◦black olives
◦bell peppers
◦green onions

For Hawaiian
◦deli ham
◦fresh pineapple

Get your oven to 400ºF. Lay the slices of pepperoni on a baking sheet and put them in the oven, on the middle rack, to get them crispy–about 8 minutes, flipping them over once. Start prepping your toppings while the peps are in the oven.

The pre-bake step of the pepperoni is super important if you want a crispy pepperoni “crust”. Once you top the pepperonis they just don’t crisp up much…

Once they come out of the oven, place a spoonful of pizza sauce on each pepperoni slice and top with your ingredients.

Place the baking sheet back in the oven and let the toppings get warm and melty, anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

NOTE: All the toppings should be sliced, chopped, and/or diced super, super small/thin. Since you’re making little petite pizzas and they’re only getting a few minutes of oven time, you want make sure they get enough heat to get them cooked through.