New research is showing that statins affect the mitochondria
in the cells. Damages them.
If you search "statin" in this forum, you will find many many posts. I have been very vocal on this subject for years.
To help reverse this damage the following supplements may help.
Acetyl-l-carnitine up to 2 grams a day
CoQ-10 -- a high absorption type, up to 300mg a day.
Alpha lipoic acid or the more potent r-lipoic acid
This is a very interesting paper...
"Vitamin C appears to protect the mitochondria from extensive damage, thus saving the cell," Heaney said. "And whether directly or not, all anticancer drugs work to disrupt the mitochondria to push cell death."
Heaney says that the amount of DHA used in the experiments resulted in an intracellular buildup similar to what could be seen in cancer patients using large supplemental doses of vitamin C.
The DHA refers to a type of Vit C and not the DHA which is a fatty acid derived from essential fatty acids and present in fish oil.
While this is a paper about chemo treatments, it addresses mitochondrial damage... and that is also what statins do...damage the mitochondria.
If you search here, I have other papers that were recently published showing mito damage from statins. This topic is evolving now as patents expire on the last two Brand name drugs out there (Lipitor and Crestor).