Cholesterol Is Good For You
(yes, you read that correctly)
Cholesterol is an important and essential fat. We can’t live without it. Cholesterol is critical to cellular membranes and cellular structure—connecting and nourishing trillions of cells in your body.
Cholesterol is essential to a healthy mind and body in several ways:
- Your brain needs cholesterol to make connections between neurons, enabling you to learn new things, recall memories, and to think. Your brain needs about 25% of the cholesterol in your body.
- Your skin needs cholesterol to make vitamin D and build immunity.
- Your sex hormones need cholesterol to balance testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol.
Cholesterol is More Than Just a Number
Cholesterol and triglycerides are lipids (fats) that circulate in your blood. They can't dissolve in blood so they attach to proteins and become lipoproteins that circulate throughout your body. Triglycerides store unused calories and provide your body with energy, and cholesterol is used to build cells and certain hormones.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL).LDL is often referred to as "bad" cholesterol that transports cholesterol throughout your body. When LDL builds up in the walls of your arteries, it makes them hard and narrow.
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL).HDL is known as "good" cholesterol because it absorbs excess cholesterol and transports it back to your liver.
What Causes Small, Dense LDL to Form, Leading to Inflammation?
We know that chronic inflammation is the result of small, dense LDL cells; therefore the goal should be to reduce small LDL from forming. The key to reducing the number of small, dense LDL is NOT a low cholesterol diet.
A high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet contributes to insulin resistance. It triggers the liver to produce more cholesterol and inflammatory LDL particles. Clogged arteries are the result of inflammation in the arterial wall; in response to inflammation, your body attempts to protect itself by storing cholesterol there. So while people with heart disease have cholesterol clogging their arteries, it's not the consumption of cholesterol that causes it to accumulate there. Therefore, the focus should be to reduce inflammation by reducing sugar, trans fat, carbohydrates, and oxidized cholesterol, which is the result of heating partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Reducing consumption of these items will also reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome.
BergaMet Can Improve and Balance Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol and triglycerides levels vary considerably from day to day based on what you eat, how much you exercise, and other factors, such as genetic hereditary factors. When BergaMet is taken daily, it helps raise HDL good cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides levels. It also helps control blood sugar, and improve overall arterial function and cardiovascular health.
How Does BergaMet Work?
BergaMet is made from the highest quality and most potent citrus bergamot in the world that contains exceptionally large amounts of several unique polyphenols. Bergamot juice is extracted from the citrus and concentrated into a polyphenol-rich powder and made into Bergamot Polyphenol Fraction (BPF) tablets. BPF contains the same flavonoids as Bergamot juice, but at much higher levels. Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction is 200 times more concentrated in BPF tablets.
Lipid levels are just one aspect of cardiovascular health. Bergamot polyphenols are also very potent antioxidants that protect against free radical damage throughout the body, including the all-important vascular endothelium. The condition and function of the endothelium — the thin layer of cells lining the blood vessels — is perhaps the most important determining factor of cardiovascular health, as it is intimately involved in vasoconstriction/dilation and thus affects blood pressure, inflammation, blood clotting, and the formation of new blood vessels. Bergamot extract has been demonstrated to counter oxidative stress and suppress inflammation in endothelial cells, inhibit plaque formation, and improve arterial responsiveness.
Clinical trials of Bergamot Polyphenol Fraction (BPF) has also shown significant improvement in patients who were on a statin medication. If you are currently taking a statin, you can add BergaMet and use a lower dose of statin and may get a better response to your cholesterol.
Why Does Cholesterol Get a Bad Rap?
Several years ago, overly-simplified descriptions of good and bad cholesterol led to several misconceptions about cholesterol. One of the most damaging was the myth that high cholesterol causes heart disease.
As recently as 2010, Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) described cholesterol-rich foods as “foods to reduce.” It wasn’t until 2015 that the DGAC acknowledged the mountains of scientific evidence by issuing a revised statement saying, "cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."
As a wave of inaccurate stories began to proliferate in the media, statins suddenly became fashionable as a cure-all for high cholesterol. Suddenly statin drugs were prescribed as a preventative drug to anyone with the slightest risk of heart disease, even though they were healthy!
Statins were originally prescribed as a secondary prevention treatment for people at high risk of heart disease. High risk patients are those who already had a heart attack and a clear diagnosis of heart disease. But when statin studies inflated the benefits and results of statin use, as the ASTEROID trial for the statin drug Crestor did in 2006, it led clinicians to over-prescribe statins as a quick-fix for anyone with high cholesterol. Sadly, one out of four Americans over the age of 40 is now taking a statin. And worse, not only is there a small likelihood it can help them, but the drug could be increasing their risk of heart disease.