Optimizing cardiovascular wellness is the number one conversation patients have with their health care practitioners. Think about it, how many times have you talked to your doctor about your heart or cholesterol levels? Traditionally, most practitioners are eager to prescribe therapies that attack the numbers and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. These therapies work by shutting off the enzyme responsible for cholesterol production. But optimal cardiovascular wellness is much more than just lab numbers and unfortunately, these therapies can lead to other health challenges. The enzyme responsible for cholesterol production also plays an important role in many other processes of the body, and stopping it completely can deplete key nutrients your body needs. So, where do we go from here? When talking with your health care practitioner about cardiovascular wellness, ask them about natural treatment options that help maintain healthy numbers by addressing the root cause of the issue. Remember, you are more than your numbers.
The Mediterranean Blue Zone
A “Blue Zone” is a concept used to identify a demographic or geographic area of the world where people live measurably healthier lives. Commonalities among Blue Zones include a whole food diet, daily physical activity, low stress, a sense of community and well-being, and low exposure to environmental toxins.
The population of Calabria, Italy is a well-known Blue Zone. The locals eat a whole-foods Mediterranean diet that includes nutrient-dense rich fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources such as nuts, seeds and legumes, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids from olive oil and cold-water fish. For centuries, they have consumed bergamot (Citrus bergamia), a polyphenolic-rich citrus fruit that grows almost exclusively on the coast of this region. This powerful plant contains a unique array of nutrients with tons of health-promoting properties.
The Mediterranean diet also consists of minimal meat consumption, particularly red meat, refined carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods—all dietary choices that have repeatedly demonstrated harmful effects on the body.
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The Power of BPF
The Calabrian population has been drinking bergamot juice for centuries. They quickly discovered that it helps optimize cardiovascular wellness because it contains a powerful and unique array of cardio-protective, polyphenolic fractions, referred to as Bioactive Polyphenolic Fractions (BPF). These fractions have numerous health benefits that will attack the root cause of cardiovascular challenges by supporting a healthy inflammatory balance, exhibiting a strong capacity to quench free radicals, and helping maintain healthy LDL cholesterol levels and particle size.
Dr. Vincenzo Mollace at the University of Catanzaro was one of the first research scientists to notice the strong correlation between cardiovascular wellness and consumption of bergamot juice. Through collaborative efforts at numerous research institutions, Dr. Mollace isolated and extracted the specific BPF in bergamot juice that provides a cardio-protective benefit. Dr. Mollace then championed several clinical trials demonstrating that BPF helps support healthy levels of every blood lipid marker by targeting the source of cholesterol production. One study of 77 patients showed 1,000 mg of BPF helped maintain healthy levels of LDL cholesterol.1 Another recent clinical trial conducted on patients who had previously been on traditional therapies demonstrated 1,500 mg of BPF maintained normal LDL levels and optimized several other parameters of cardiovascular health without causing nutrient depletion.
A unique array of polyphenolics that support healthy cholesterol levels
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) grows almost exclusively in the narrow coastal region of southern Italy. It has been used for decades by the local population to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- The unique polyphenolics found in bergamot help support healthy LDL cholesterol, particle size and inflammatory balance.
- Several recent placebo-controlled clinical trials have demonstrated that Bergamot BPF supports healthy cholesterol levels by dampening HMG-CoA reductase, without depleting CoQ-10 levels.
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