What do you get when you cross a lemon and a bitter orange? Somehow, you get a bergamot, which has a lime green rind and juice that taste like grapefruit. Citrus bergamia (bergamot) is almost exclusively grown in the coastal Calabria region in southern Italy. Local folklore explains that the native Calabrians found that bergamot juice could optimize cholesterol levels.
The bergamot fruit is small and pear-shaped and it belongs to the citrus family. The plant compounds in bergamot are unique. They include: neoeriocitrin, neohesperidin, naringin, rutin, nedodesmin, rhoifolin, and poncirin. Bergamot is also rich in brutieridone and meltidine which have the ability to increase the enzyme that controls the rate of circulation of cholesterol throughout your body.
Ortho Molecular Bergamot BPF is a formula that supports cardiovascular health. Studies have concluded that bergamot promotes healthy cholesterol levels, preserves arterial elasticity and health, and supports healthy levels of CoQ10. Bergamot BPF stands for “bioactive polyphenolic fractions”. Ortho Molecular utilizes high quality and bioactive bergamot plants with standardized polyphenols. Some companies may buy low quality bergamot and not guarantee a specific polyphenol strength. Ortho Molecular Bergamot BPF guarantees at least 38% active polyphenols.
Cardiovascular health is a concern for many adults, especially with increasing age. High cholesterol is a common occurrence. Cholesterol laboratory reference ranges were changed in 2004, and in 2012. The latest recommendations concentrate on the risks of high cholesterol versus the risks of statin drugs.
Popular statin drugs are not without serious side effects. You might recognize statin drugs by their brand names: atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev), pitavastatin (Livalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor).
The main sides effects are muscle pain and damage. This occurs because statin drugs block the absorption of CoQ10 which is vital for muscle tissues, including your heart muscle. The other side effects are liver damage, Type 2 Diabetes, and neurological damage. Also, numerous studies have concluded that statin drugs may lower cholesterol, but not protect you against a heart attack or stroke. The reviews for statin drugs are not positive.
There is plenty of evidence that statin drugs are over-prescribed and may do more harm than good. Statin Nation and The Cholesterol Myth are great resources for understanding how cholesterol has been demonized in the media and big pharmaceutical companies. There is also a documentary and numerous YouTube videos.
Cholesterol is actually a naturally occurring substance found in your body and in various foods. You must have adequate levels of cholesterol in your body in order to make all of your hormones. You cannot live without cholesterol and low cholesterol levels are linked with infertility in women and erectile dysfunction in men.
If you want a healthy sex life, make sure that you optimize your cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends intervention when your LDL cholesterol levels are above 190. They offer an online evaluation so that you can determine your own risk factors.
There are numerous interventions to consider before resorting to a statin medication. Diet and lifestyle still remain key factors in your cardiovascular and cholesterol health.
According to several studies, Bergamot BPF supports healthy levels of blood lipid markers, including HDL, LDL, TC, and TRI. These trials also showed that BPF activates an enzyme (AKT) to balance and reduce inflammation. Over a wide array of studies performed, the main ingredient in Bergamot BPF helped support a normal inflammatory balance, healthy cholesterols levels, and CoQ10 levels in all patients.
Bergamot BPF performed better than standard statin treatments. Bergamot does not have any side effects and the benefits have been proven. On the other hand, statin drugs have many side effects and few benefits.
Another study of bergamot used an extract with 25% flavanones (Melitdine and Bruteridine). The Italian randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study worked with 237 patients who had high cholesterol. The patients took either 500 mg or 1000 mg of bergamot, or the placebo, for 30 days. This study found that bergamot had significantly improved cholesterol levels compared to those of the placebo group. HDL (helpful cholesterol) went up and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels went down. The study patients had reduced blood sugar and triglycerides.
Bergamont is capable of more than just balancing cholesterol levels. The fruity oils can also relieve anxiety. When smelled, bergamot essential oil sends signals to your brain, causing the release of “feel-good” neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Ortho Molecular Bergamot BPF is available in 120 capsules. The recommended dose is 2 capsules per day. Each dose is free from gluten, corn, yeast, or artificial colors and flavors. Bergamot BPF does not have the unwanted side effects of muscular pain or sexual dysfunction and has been proven to optimize healthy cholesterol levels.
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