Clinicians Can Now Prescribe Lower Dose Statins Thanks to BergaMet™ Citrus Bergamot Extract (BPF 38%)

DENVER, February 12, 2014

Clinicians Can Now Prescribe Lower Dose Statins Thanks to BergaMet™ Citrus Bergamot Extract (BPF 38%)

 New Published Study Reveals BergaMet™ Added to Statins Enhances Lipid Lowering and Artery Health Dr James Ehrlich MD

DENVER, February 12, 2014 — New published research reveals that a highly concentrated proprietary extract of the Calabrian bergamot fruit called BergaMet™ (38% citrus bergamot extract, NathealthSolutions) enhances the effect of the lipid lowering drug rosuvastatin (Crestor™) when given to patients with elevated cholesterol. Led by cardiologists Franco Romeo and Vincenzo Mollace, the findings were published in the December 2013 issue of the International Journal of Cardiology (“Bergamot polyphenolic fraction enhances rosuvastatin-induced effect on LDL-cholesterol, LOX-1 expression and protein kinase B phosphorylation in patients with hyperlipidemia” Int J.Cardiol 170 {2013} 140-145)

Previous investigations have shown BergaMet™ monotherapy to be a powerful cardiometabolic regulator that routinely improves vascular health, lowers cholesterol, addresses all components of the metabolic syndrome and significantly normalizes liver function in patients with fatty liver disorders.

In the current study, 77 patients with elevated LDL and triglycerides were divided into four groups to investigate the lipid lowering and vascular protective effects of placebo, BergaMet alone, rosuvastatin alone and their combination. The combination of BergaMet 1000 mg with rosuvastatin 10 mg or 20mg demonstrated an enhanced effect on all lipid parameters and significant increments in biomarkers of vascular protection and reductions in oxidative stress.  As stated by Professor Vincenzo Mollace, “the paper shows, for the first time, that BergaMet leads physicians to a better management of statin-based treatment of hyperlipemia. Moreover the added value for using BergaMet in combination with statins is represented by significant improvement of serum triglyceride and glycemia leading to better vasoprotection.

Australian cardiologist Ross Walker, a study co-author states “This study demonstrates the powerful synergism between statin therapy and the natural BPF compound grown only in the southern ionic region of Calabria in Italy. Having used BergaMet for the last three years in close to three thousand patients, I have no doubt that all people taking statins should be adding BergaMet to enable powerful lipid lowering at a much safer, lower dose of statins. This study clearly reinforces this benefit.”

Dr. James Ehrlich, a clinical associate professor from the University of Colorado believes the study has several exciting implications allowing clinicians to improve  lipid-lowering and metabolic therapy. According to Ehrlich, the study suggests that bergamot polyphenols combined with statins provides several advantages due to their complementary properties.  Compared to statins administered alone, BergaMet plus statins results in:

  1. An enhancement of LDL-cholesterol lowering
  2. The opportunity to lower doses of statins potentially decreasing side effects.
  3. Much lower triglyceride (TG) levels
  4. Much higher HDL-cholesterol levels
  5. Lower blood sugar (statins tend to elevate blood sugar)
  6. Greater improvements in vascular health with further decreases in oxidative stress and vascular damage