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Carnitine and CoQ10 reduce lipoprotein A

People with kidney failure who are on hemodialysis often take statin drugs to control cholesterol but, according to doctors, statins don’t always reduce lipoprotein A, a compound similar to LDL cholesterol that can clog arteries and increase inflammation.

In one study, 52 men and women on hemodialysis and statin drugs added a daily dose of carnitine, CoQ10—alone or together—or a placebo.

Compared to the start of the study, lipoprotein A levels declined significantly in all three carnitine and CoQ10 groups, and also compared to placebo after three months. 

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