Statins

What You Don’t Know About Statins Could Kill You

We now know that statins prescribed for the purpose of being a preventative drug was based on bad science. Several investigations and news stories revealed the primary beneficiary of rising statin use was drug companies, not patients.

In 2008, a Jupiter study revealed that statins could reduce the risk of heart attacks by 54 percent, the risk of stroke by 48 percent, and the risk of death by 20 percent. But the study came under fire when it was reported that AstraZeneca (makers of the statin drug Crestor), funded the study and that nine of the 14 authors had financial ties to the drug maker, and that the main author of the study co-owned the patent used for testing cholesterol.

One of the most famous reports highlighting flawed study results and reporting was published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology. It concluded that statin advocates, namely pharmaceutical companies, used a statistical tool called relative risk reduction (RRR), rather than absolute risk, to amplify statins' trivial beneficial effects.

Further investigation into the report revealed that absolute risk of statin drugs benefited just one percent of the population. This means that out of 100 people treated with statins, only one person will have one less heart attack. So instead of reporting absolute risk, the report used the deceptive relative risk statistic, and suddenly statins appeared to benefit 30-50 percent of the population! Scientists and statisticians will be the first to tell you: Relative risk has nothing to do with actual risk.

Several other studies, including a report published in the New York Times, “Study Shows Drug Had No Effect on Heart Health”have revealed flawed results from studies, and the ineffective and often harmful effects of statins. To learn about other flawed clinical studies on statins, Dr. Mercola cites several studies  in this excellent article.

Fortunately, a group of more than 50 organizations, representing 500,000 patients, doctors, and researchers in the United States, have banded together to launch the AllTrials campaign in the U.S., for a specific purpose: to “fix medicine and science.”

AllTrials, a worldwide campaign, seeks to ensure that clinical trials are fully and accurately reported. More than half of all clinical trial results remain hidden and are never reported, and worse, trials with positive results are twice as likely to be published as trials with negative results. AllTrials is calling for every clinical trial—past, present, and future—to be registered and the results from them reported.

Know the Facts. BergaMet Can Help.

At BergaMet, we want to highlight these important facts because we believe it is vital that consumers take responsibility for educating themselves and learn the facts about cholesterol and heart disease. There are alternatives to fighting cardiovascular disease: exercise, eating healthy foods, and taking heart-healthy supplements like BergaMet.

Statins can be Dangerous - Know the Risks & Side Effects

If you have had a heart attack or diagnosed high risk of heart disease for genetic or heredity reasons, a statin drug may be the best solution for your condition. But if you are taking a statin as a preventative drug, you should be informed about the risks and side effects of taking statins. They should not be taken unless there is no alternative. Indeed, recent evidence suggests that statins often don’t help heart disease, and may even make it worse in some conditions.

Statins’ most common side effects include muscle damage (which includes damage to the heart, the most important muscle in your body), severe muscle pain, reduced energy levels, and a reduction in CoQ10 production. Statins also increase the chance of developing diabetes and dementia.

Before taking a drug or supplement, it’s important to understand the risks, as well as the potential benefits. Here are some of the most important factors you should consider before taking a statin drug.

CoQ10 Depletion

CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is a complex organic molecule, similar to a vitamin, that is found throughout the body. It is used by every cell in the body to generate energy, and thus it’s essential to health.

Unfortunately statins can deplete your body’s levels of CoQ10. Ironically this drug used to treat heart disease, can actually damage the heart by reducing CoQ10, increasing the risk of heart failure.

K2 Depletion

Recent research indicates that statins may actually increase atherosclerosis and heart disease. One way this may occur, is by a reduction in Vitamin K2 levels. Vitamin K2 protects the arteries, and as K2 levels drop, arterial plaque levels rise. K2 serves to move calcium around the body, shifting it to the areas that need it, such as bones and teeth, and it removes calcium from where it is not supposed to be found, such as the arteries.

Vitamin K2 is essential to health. Low levels can lead to osteoporosis, kidney stones, cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Again, it’s also ironic that a drug designed to fight heart disease can also reduce K2, which increases the risk of heart disease.

Reduced Ketone Production

Statins function to lower cholesterol by inhibiting the enzyme that produces cholesterol. Unfortunately this enzyme also produces CoQ10 and ketones. Ketones are needed to feed your mitochondria, your cells’ “power stations.” They are essential to cell health, supplying cellular energy, managing cell growth, and various other important functions.

Lower levels of ketones deplete mitochondria, which can lead to early aging and heart disease, among other problems.

Increased Incidence of Diabetes

It’s well established now that statins can increase the risk of diabetes in some patients; the higher the dose, the more the risk.

Statins are, of course, designed to reduce cholesterol. But reducing cholesterol can increase the levels of sugar in the blood stream, increasing diabetes risk. As discussed earlier, statins also reduce CoQ10 levels; lowering CoQ10 levels can also disturb blood-sugar levels.

Neurodegenerative Diseases

The human brain requires cholesterol to function; in fact an estimated 25% of all the cholesterol in your body is used by your brain. Cholesterol is used to create connections between neurons (synapses). Therefore, reducing cholesterol can impede brain function, and indeed it is now known that statins can result in memory loss.

Furthermore, as explained above, statins reduce the production of ketones, and ketones are essential for brain health, protecting against brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s. Studies have found that statin use may increase the chance of a patient developing Parkinson’s.

Cancer

Using statins for extended periods (10 years or more) has been shown to more than double a woman’s chance of developing two kinds of breast cancer, and statins have also been implicated in the development of prostate cancer.

Statins have been declared “carcinogenic” in experiments with rodents (not at excessive doses, but at doses equivalent to those used by human patients), and double-blind studies have shown increased cancer rates among the groups using statins.

BergaMet is Safe, Effective, and Proven to Work

 

"16 months ago my doctor told me I had high cholesterol, old age diabetes, needed to go on a statin and had to lose some weight or I was heading towards a possible heart attack. This was a huge wake up call. I don't like pharmaceutical medication and statins make me sick, so I started researching the best way to address my symptoms naturally. I started taking BergaMet PRO + and every time I went back to my doctor he was amazed! He took me off the cholesterol pills he initially prescribed and my blood sugar just kept on improving to the point of being diabetes free. Since taking BergaMet PRO + I completely reversed my old age diabetes, lowered my cholesterol, lost 40lbs and have felt healthier than ever!"

 

"I cannot recommend BergaMet PRO+ highly enough and now have all my family and friends taking it."  *

R.K. –Vancouver, Canada

BergaMet Works Like a Statin, Without the Side Effects

Two Bergamot polyphenols – bruteridin and melitidin – work on the same pathway as a statin (but at a different site and in a gentler manner), so CoQ10 synthesis is not affected and the side effects of statins are avoided. Studies show no reduction in CoQ10 levels in animals taking Bergamot. Patients unable to tolerate statins due to muscle pain, fatigue and/or liver problems have discovered BergaMet lowers their cholesterol with no side effects.

In addition to its positive effects on cardiovascular risk factors, this extract also activates AMPK. AMPK is a central regulator of energy and is thus involved in glucose and fatty acid metabolism. Activating AMPK improves insulin sensitivity, promotes glucose uptake in cells, and suppresses the synthesis of glucose in the liver, lowering blood sugar. It also stimulates the burning of free fatty acids and facilitates weight control.

Your doctor may prescribe a statin drug that may improve your medical condition, however if you do not want to take a prescription drug, or if you discover you are statin intolerant, (add more info below), rest assured there are effective alternatives to statins.

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Citrus Bergamot - The key ingredient in BergaMet products

Ideal for Patients Who Are Statin Intolerant or Prefer an All-Natural Supplement

If you do not have high cholesterol but are at risk of developing high cholesterol levels because you are overweight or have hereditary risk factors, BergaMet is an ideal supplement to help you maintain healthy cholesterol and blood-sugar levels. If you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, BergaMet taken with a statin may be your best option. This clinical trial explains the enhanced benefits of taking BergaMet with a Statin: Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction Enhances Rosuvastatine-Induced Effect on LDL-Cholesterol. Consult your doctor to see what is right for you.

The biggest complaint from those who take statins drugs is lack of energy and serious muscle pain. Since exercise is greatly beneficial to those with high cholesterol, taking statins is counterproductive to those who wish to improve their health through diet and exercise. If you don’t feel like exercising or experience a lot of pain after you do exercise, what is the point?

BergaMet is an All-Natural supplement that improves cardiovascular disease and increases overall energy levels. Many people have also experienced weight loss as a result of taking BergaMet.

 

Clinical Trials have shown 100% Natural BergaMet PRO+ Offers Numerous Health Benefits

BergaMet PRO+ may assist in

Lowering LDL Cholesterol Levels

Raising HDL Cholesterol Levels

Lowering Blood Pressure Levels 

Lowering Blood Sugar Levels Levels

Possible Statin Medication Substitute

Improving Healthy Arteries

Imporving Insulin Resistance

Improving Liver Function 

Improving Lipid Function

Decreasing Abdominal Fat

Acting as an Effective Anti-Inflammatory

Positively Effecting Metabolic Syndrome

 

BergaMet is made from bergamot juice that is extracted, concentrated, and standardized in tablet form. Taken twice per day, BergaMet may lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, raise protective HDL, help control blood sugar, and improve overall arterial function and cardiovascular health.

BergaMet PRO+ is made with the same ingredients  in our baseline formula used in clinically-proven Mega+O, PLUS we have added an additional 30% more BPF to assist those requiring greater cardiovascular protection.

Bergamot differs from other citrus fruits not only because of the composition of it's antioxidant polyphenols, but because of their particularly high content. Two Bergamot ( 47% BPF) polyphenols, bruteridin and melitidin, are 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 determinant of cardiovascular health as it is intimately involved in vasoconstriction/dilation and thus blood pressure, inflammation, blood clotting, and the formation of new blood vessels.

Polyphenol-rich bergamot extract has been demonstrated to counter oxidative stress and suppress inflammation in endothelial cells, inhibit plaque formation, and improve arterial responsiveness.

BergaMet is made from bergamot juice that is extracted, concentrated, and standardized in tablet form. Taken twice per day, BergaMet may lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, raise protective HDL, help control blood sugar, and improve overall arterial function and cardiovascular health.

 

  • Bergamot could be an effective nutraceutical approach to prevent artherosclerosos (the hardening and narrowing of arteries) in patients
  • Bergamot lowered plasma cholesterol and lipids in patients, in a range of potency comparable with currently used hypolipidemic drugs such as statins.
  • Bergamot reduced blood glucose thus offering an alternative approach to control the pre-diabetic states in patients with metabolic syndrome.
  • Bergamot efficiently lowered Total Cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol), without inducing any side effects.

 

“There is no single product in the world that can match BergaMet’s combined effect on cholesterol, blood sugar, arterial health, abdominal obesity and fatty liver.” *

 

James Ehrlich, MD, Clinical Associate Professor

 
 
Dr James Ehrlich MD - BergaMet Ambassador
Dr Ross Walker MB, BS (hons) FRACP, FRSANZ endorses BergaMet

“It is my opinion that BergaMet is the most important natural substance for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease that has been available over the past thirty to fifty years.

I have prescribed BergaMet to around 5,000 patients and recommend anyone over 50 should take this as a preventative agent."

 

The longer you take it, the greater the benefit.” *

 

Dr Ross Walker MB, BS (hons) FRACP, FCSANZ – Cardiologist

 
 

BergaMet PRO+ Ingredients

  • Citrus Bergamot Extract (BPF 47%) 675mg
  • Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 25mg
  • Chromium (as ChromeMate® chromium polynicotinate) 200mcg
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (as thioctic acid) 50mg
  • Olive leaf extract (20% Oleuropein) 100mg

60 tablets per bottle  |  2 tablets per day before main meals

 

Citrus Bergamot Fruit

Citrus Bergamot Polyphenolic Extract BPF

The extract from the Citrus Bergamot fruit endemic to the Calabrian region of southern Italy.  Only BergaMet has been able to extract over 47% bergamot polyphenolic fraction (BPF) with our patented process. The region yields the most potent and effective citrus bergamot extract anywhere in the world.

 

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body doesn’t store it. You have to get what you need from food, including citrus fruits. You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

Chromium Polynicotinate (Chrome Mate) 

This antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid, is vital to cellular energy production, and helps to neutralize the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are chemical byproducts produced during the process of oxidation that converts nutrients to cellular energy.

 

 

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid (thioctic acid)

This antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid, is vital to cellular energy production, and helps to neutralize the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are chemical byproducts produced during the process of oxidation that converts nutrients to cellular energy.

Olive Leaf Extract (20% Oleuropein)

Oleuropein is a polyphenol extracted from the leaves, bark, root, and fruit of the olive tree. The benefits of oleuropein, olive leaf, and olive oil showed consistently showed a lower occurrence of heart disease. Olive leaf extracts have also been known to lower blood pressure. Scientists discovered, in an international study, that olive leaf extract contained twice the antioxidants of green tea extract and 400 percent higher than Vitamin C. Because of its remarkable antioxidant properties, oleuropein protects the body from free radicals.

 

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BergaMet PRO+ Physician Strength

"I have been on prescription niacin for 18 years for genetically low HDL which runs in my family. I recently decided to do my own experiment replacing the niacin 1,000 to sometimes 1500mg with twice daily Bergamet Pro Plus 675mg.  My baseline HDL usually runs around 39, and with prescription niacin, it would run around 68 to 70."

"After discontinuing the niacin for 6 months, which would have brought my HDL back down to baseline, and replacing with Bergamet Pro Plus for 6 months, I was very happy to see my HDL was 65. This was an incredible result." *

Claudia - Registered Nurse

BergaMet PRO+ Physician Strength

“Eleven years ago I had a heart attack with 100% right coronary blocked artery;  I had a stent put in and prescribed Lipitor, Tritace, Noten and Plavix. Over the subsequent years I still suffered from high triglycerides and also abnormally high liver function (fatty liver) with my GGT at over 400 for an extended period. I tried lots of natural pills, red rice etc.; I heard about BergaMet PRO+ and started taking it approximately 9 months ago.  To my amazement and my doctors, my triglycerides have lowered by a massive 40% and my liver function GGT has decreased to 244. Family and friends have all commented that I look healthier with my constant red face gone. 

"Do I recommend BergaMet? You bet, it works and nothing on the market comes close." *

James

* Results may vary from person to person. Always consult your Doctor if unsure.

This product does not claim to treat, diagnose or cure any diseases. BergaMet is a supplement and has not been approved by the FDA.