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Statins and Cognition

Steve Parcell, ND
Statins are either mainly lipophilic (fat loving) or hydrophillic (water loving). Those that have the least amount of blood brain barrier permeability include pravastatin, rosuvastatin and atorvastatin. 26% of cholesterol in humans is found in the brain. Studies indicate there is more benefit than risk when it comes to taking statins and even some improvement in patients with dementia. Just to be safe take one with the least blood brain barrier permeability as noted above. I take atorvastatin (lipitor) along with other cardioprotective nutracueticals