High cholesterol is a health issue that affects over 100 million Americans (and that’s just the people we know about!).* There are a number of causes… maybe it’s a health problem that “runs in your family” like me, or you simply hope to reverse rising numbers before they ever become a problem.
Heart issues are the number one cause of death in the U.S – 647,000 Americans die from them each year.* * Sadly, that’s another life cut short every 49-seconds. The leading cause of serious heart problems? The narrowing or blockage of coronary arteries. The primary culprit? Plaque caused by the unchecked build-up of cholesterol.*
As my friend and top cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn, states:
“Recent studies confirm that people with the lowest incidences of serious heart problems and the longest life spans have blood cholesterol values lower than 150 mg/dL, more than enough cholesterol for brain and hormone function but not so much as to clog up arteries.” *
But good cardiovascular health is not just about cholesterol levels – blood sugar levels play a key role in the issue as well.
Over time, high blood sugar creates enormous inflammatory stress that exacerbates damage to your arteries. That’s why controlling your sugar levels – along with cholesterol – is one of the very best things you can do for your heart.*
Frankly, I have a very personal stake in the battle for great cardiovascular health.
I was told I had genetically high LDL cholesterol in my late 20s, which has propelled my search for the best, natural solutions. This made me want to help not only myself but also help the millions of people across the country – and the world – avoid the ravages of uncontrolled high cholesterol.
I frequently seek out natural solutions for common health problems, and when it came to cholesterol, I came upon a natural citrus extract with amazing cholesterol-erasing abilities. That solution? Citrus Bergamot – a fruit that grows exclusively in the coastal region of Calabria in southern Italy.
Citrus Bergamot has a long history in traditional healing and has been touted for its youth-boosting polyphenols – flavonoids, in particular – and cherished for its support in fighting inflammation and promoting cardiovascular health.
In Calabria, stories of Bergamot’s healing powers are passed on from generation to generation with incredible reverence.
That’s why I traveled directly to the source to learn more. Clinical studies are one thing – critically important and valuable in proving Bergamot’s benefits. But I also felt it was critical to learn and understand how the fruit is grown to maintain its purity. In fact, I was privileged to meet with a farmer whose family has been growing Citrus Bergamot for four generations.
He described the time-tested processes used to harvest the flavonoids and essential oils by using machinery specifically designed to extract all the healing benefits of this amazing fruit. He also explained how the people of Calabria had used Citrus Bergamot for generations – in breakfast foods, teas, aromatherapy, and, yes, nutritional supplements to maintain good cardiovascular health.
While in Calabria, I met with my friend Dr. Elzbieta Janda, a research scientist, who told me all about her clinical research that reinforces what the people of Calabria have experienced for generations. She explained how Citrus Bergamot supports cardiovascular health by lowering bad LDL cholesterol, cutting dangerous triglycerides, raising beneficial HDL cholesterol, and lowering blood sugar levels. All are integral when you’re seeking better health.
In fact, researchers found that people in the region often maintained healthy cholesterol levels and plaque-free arteries – despite a diet rich in fat – and decided to put Citrus Bergamot to a true, standardized test. They were impressed by the results.
This trial – led by Dr. Vincenzo Mollace, Professor of Cardiology at the Magna Graecia University – gave participants 500 mg of Bergamonte®, a patented form of bergamot extract daily that produced astounding changes in just 30 days.* The results showed that participants experienced:
When researchers doubled the daily dose to 1,000 mg, the results were even better – a boon for people who might “need a little extra help” controlling cholesterol levels:
There’s a wide range of cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market, but while they might help to improve your overall numbers, they can cause a wide range of health issues as well. Some of the most common side effects of statin drugs include:*
Sometimes the unnerving effects are so severe that people simply stop taking statins altogether, exasperating an already serious issue. That’s why it’s no wonder people seek out health and wellness solutions from the natural world.
While the health benefits discussed already are pretty convincing, Citrus Bergamot offers many other benefits. Traditionally, this simple fruit has been used in a wide variety of ways:
While each of these benefits is extraordinary in its own right, I wondered if there wasn’t something more to this exciting extract. I brought up the potential anti-aging benefits with Dr. Janda while on my quest for Citrus Bergamot’s cholesterol-erasing powers.
She told me it had another, possibly even more important effect: the flavonoid-rich bergamot peel activates autophagy – the body’s self-cleaning and anti-aging mechanism. The peel’s main compound, limonene, triggers the process.
Here’s why that’s important: A dysfunction in autophagy has been linked to nearly every one of our most serious age-related health issues – especially those impacting the heart and brain.*
Research has shown that Citrus Bergamot can help trigger autophagy in various body parts, including the skin and liver. And it has also been demonstrated that Bergamot may even activate autophagy to help fight against some of the most severe health issues women face today.
If you’re anything like me, the juggling act needed to perform in today’s world can be incredibly stressful at times.
Factor in the added worries and limitations caused by recent events, and that’s pushing many people to their limits. It’s tough on everyone emotionally. And all that added stress takes a physical toll, as well.
In fact, stress has been conclusively linked to higher bad LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol levels.* Some of that can be attributed to poor diet – but not all. Both short and long-term stress can actually affect the chemistry of your blood and immune system.
As the scientific studies show, you can see life-affirming results – lower LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, plus higher beneficial HDL cholesterol – in as few as 30 days.
And you can reap all these benefits with one easy-to-swallow daily capsule!
500 mg of Bergamonte, a scientific Citrus Bergamot formula featuring Bergamonte® which meets my exacting standards for quality and purity – and one of the few natural substances ever awarded a U.S. patent. It’s standardized to an incredibly potent 38% polyphenolic flavonoids and produced using patented extraction technology. Each 500 mg capsule contains the equivalent of an entire bergamot orange.
This is the research-proven dosage that studies show to produce incredible results in 30 days:
(And with the easy-to-swallow 500 mg capsule, it’s simple to double your daily dose, should you seek a higher level of support.)
Fortified with my proprietary Resveratrol Complex Blend, 150 mg of healing nutrients, researched and selected for their anti-aging properties, including Muscadine grape seeds and Polygonum Cuspidatum (standardized to contain 20 mg of trans-resveratrol)
Enhanced with 100 mg of Olive Fruit Extract, a compound found to inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which reduces the flexibility of arteries.*
Manufactured to strict quality levels you can trust. My Italian Citrus Bergamot formula is manufactured in a state-of-the-art, FDA-inspected facility right here in the United States. Unlike many supplements that come from questionable sources, you can rest assured that the potency and purity of this product meet my exacting standards.
About the Author:
Naomi Whittel is a New York Times bestselling author and women’s health advocate with an insatiable curiosity for the healing power of nature. She was born in Switzerland, educated in the U.S., and has spent the past two decades traveling the world to find the most potent and effective natural health remedies available.