Last Friday I viewed a story (on ACA news program) about a powerful, natural cholesterol lowering supplement.
It’s from an Italian fruit called Citrus Bergamot Risso. It looks the colour of a lemon, but more rounded like an orange.
It appears that it acts as a powerful antioxidant, lowers blood glucose levels, reduces blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol and triglycerides, increases good cholesterol. It’s all natural, clinically tested, by the University of Rome, who ran extensive double blind (the gold standard) clinical trials to prove the effectiveness. It seems that the people of Calabria, in Southern Italy, have long known about the benefits of this fruit. This region produces 80% of the worldwide production.
The results of the clinical trials suggest that Bergamet may offer a safe alternative drugs in combating hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) in patients suffering from statins toxicity. Statins unfortunately deplete the production of CoQ10. Bergamot lowers cholesterol levels without affecting CoQ10 production. As you get older, your body’s CoQ10 poduction slows down and less of it is stored in reserve. CoQ10 is an essential cofactor for energy production in your body and your heart requires especially high levels of it. It is this depletion of CoQ10 that causes muscle fatigue in many people taking statins.
A double blind placebo clinical trial conducted at the Dept of Cardiology of the University of Rome “ Tor Vergata “ and at the Vascular Medicine and Artherosclerosis Unit Cardiology, Villa Salus Medical Center, Marinella on 238 patients produced the following data:
1. Bergamot could be an effective nutriceutical approach to prevent artherosclerosos in patients.
2. Bergamot contributes to lowering plasma cholesterol and lipids in patients, in a range of potency comparable with currently used hypolipidemic drugs such as statins.
3. Bergamot reduces blood glucose by 15%-23% thus offering an alternative approach to control the pre-diabetic states in patients with metabolic syndrome.
4. Bergamot efficiently lowered Total Cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol), without inducing any side effects.
So, it’s probably worth your time to take a closer look at the product. Of course, you must discuss taking any supplement with your medical adviser. The company’s website is www.bergamet.com, though I have noticed some other websites as well.
While there is no doubt that the loss of life and immense destruction from last week’s (March 11, 2011) so-called “great”, magnitude 9.0 earthquake, and subsequent tsunami which hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan is utterly tragic, the ongoing nuclear radiation threat makes the situation even more devastating. I’m certainly not qualified to comment of the safety or otherwise of nuclear power plants, anyway, many others are having that discussion, so I will talk about something I do know. How superfoods can help out the people living in the contaminated areas.
To look at some history, on 26 April, 1986 a nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and it is the only one classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Even now, 25 years after the Chernobyl disaster, four million people in Ukraine and Belarus still live in dangerously
radioactive areas. The water, soil and food over an 11,000 square mile area remains contaminated. Over 160,000 children are victims of radiation poisoning, with birth defects, leukemia, cancer, thyroid disease, anemia, loss of vision and appetite and depressed immune system, now called “Chernobyl AIDS.”
Doctors reported spirulina’s health benefits for child victims of Chernobyl radiation. Spirulina reduced urine radioactivity levels by 50% in only 20 days. This result was achieved by giving 5 grams a day to children at the Minsk, Belarus Institute of Radiation Medicine. The Institute program treated 100 children every 20 days.
An unpublished 1993 report confirmed 1990-91 research, concluding “spirulina decreases radiation dose load received from food contaminated with radionucleides, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. It is favorable for normalizing the adaptive potential of children’s bodies in conditions of long-lived low dose radiation.”71
Based on testing in 1990, the Belarus Ministry of Health concluded spirulina promotes the evacuation of radionucleides from the human body. No side effects were registered. The Ministry considered this food was advisable for the treatment of people subject to radiation effects, and requested additional donations from the Earthrise Company of California and Dainippon Ink & Chemicals of Japan.72 Previous research in China in 1989 demonstrated a natural polysaccharide extract of spirulina had a protective effect against gamma radiation in mice.74 Subsequent research showed phycocyanin and polysaccharides enhanced the reproduction of bone marrow and cellular immunity.26
In a 1991 study of 49 kindergarten children aged 3 to 7 years old in Beryozova, spirulina was given to 49 children for 45 days. Doctors found T-cell suppressors and beneficial hormones rose, and in 83% of the children, radioactivity of the urine decreased.73
A Russian patent was awarded in 1994 for the use of spirulina as a medical food to reduce allergic reactions from radiation sickness. The patent was based on a study of 270 children living in highly radioactive areas. They had chronic radiation sickness and elevated levels of Immunoglobulin (IgE), a marker for high allergy sensitivity. Thirty five were prescribed 20 tablets per day (about 5 grams) for 45 days. Consuming spirulina lowered the levels of IgE in the blood, which in turn, normalized allergic sensitivities in the body.75
Research continuing through 1999 in Belarus showed immune building, normalization of peroxide lipid oxidation and detoxifying effects of spirulina supplements in children and teenagers. Scientists theorized spirulina may form non-absorbable complexes of radionucleides through analogues such as calcium or potassium and promotes their excretion.
71. Loseva, L.P. and Dardynskaya, I.V. Spirulina- natural sorbent of radionucleides. Research Institute of Radiation Medicine, Minsk,
Belarus. 6th Intl Congress of Applied Algology, Czech Republic, Sep. 9, 1993.
72. Sokolovskiy, V. Corres. from the First Secretary BSSR Mission to the United Nations, May 20, 1991.
73. Belookaya, T. Corres. from Chairman of Byelorussian Committee “Children of Chernobyl” May 31, 1991.
74. Qishen, P. et. al. Radioprotective effect of extract from spirulina platensis in mouse bone marrow cells studied by using the micronucleus
test. Toxicology letters. 1989. 48:165-169.
75. Evets, P. et. al. Means to normalize the levels of immunoglobulin E, using the food supplement spirulina. Grodenski State Medical
Univ. Russian Fed Comm Patents and Trade. Patent (19)RU (11)2005486. Jan. 15, 1994.
76. Loseva, L.P. Spirulina platensis and specialties to support detoxifying pollutants and to strengthen the immune system. Research
Institute of Radiation Medicine, Minsk, Belarus. Presented at 8th Int’l Congress of Applied Algology, Italy Sep. 1999.