Clinical Strength Cholesterol Pro™ contains two ingredients that have been scientifically tested for their effects on serum lipid levels already within normal range.*
Bergamonte™ is a standardized polyphenolic extract derived from Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) which has a unique composition and high content of citrus bioflavonoid constituents. Bergamonte™ has been shown in clinical studies to help to support serum cholesterol levels and may also encourage proper blood sugar levels already within normal range.*
CardioAid®, a proprietary plant sterol combination of Beta-Sitosterol, Campesterol and Stigmasterol, has also been demonstrated to support healthy cholesterol levels and overall cardiac health.*
Canada Health certifies Bergamot BFP for:
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* Daily Value not established .
Other Ingredients:Cellulose, Calcium Carbonate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Silica, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Vegetable Coating. Contains soy derivative.
Allergens:Contains soy derivative. Contains no sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.
Cautions / Interactions:Certain Bergamot constituents may compound photosensitizing effects of some medications. This product may interact with cholesterol-lowering medications. Ezetimibe inhibits intestinal absorption of beta-sitosterol. Therefore, this product should not be used in combination with Ezetimibe. Pregnant/lactating women or those currently taking other medications should consult with a healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Bergamonte™ is a registered trademark of HP Ingredients. CardioAid® is a registered trademark of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company.
The extract from the Italian citrus fruit bergamot successfully reduced cholesterol levels in recent studies, The Wall Street Journal recently reported. The supplement allowed study participants to cut back on statindosages as well.
Commonly used as a flavoring in Earl Grey tea, the extract of the bitter citrus fruit bergamot was shown to reduce cholesterol levels in four recent human studies. Bergamot also was credited with raising good cholesterol, removing fatty deposits in the liver and lowering blood sugar levels.
In one of the studies, published in 2013 in the International Journal of Cardiology, 77 patients took 1,000 milligrams daily of bergamot extract over one month. The participants’ cholesterol dropped from an average of 278 milligrams per deciliter of blood to 191.The study researchers also reported that adding bergamot allowed them to cut by half participants’ dosage of the cholesterol drug rosuvastatin without reducing its effectiveness.
Bergamot contains powerful antioxidants called flavonoids. (Sadly, you can't sip your Earl Grey to healthy levels of cholesterol - the amount in Earl Grey tea does not pack a potent enough punch to affect cholesterol.) The studies followed the use of concentrated Bergamot extract in tablet or capsule form.
Kicking statin side effects
Statins, a widely used family of cholesterol-lowering drugs, can have significant side effects, including muscle pain and weakness. Heartburn was the only side effect noted in the initial bergamot studies.
Some are recommending is as a complement to statins, with the potential for a lower statin dose, or even a full replacement for statins.
As with any supplement, it is best to discuss with a physician.