BergaMet Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical and Experimental studies have demonstrated that BPF (43%) improves the overall lipid profile, thus representing a natural candidate for treating cardiometabolic risk. Also, BPF produces its beneficial effect with minimal side effects described in more than 30,000 patients treated, to date, worldwide. The effect of BPF synergizes with oleuropein, a polyphenol derived from Olive leaves, which has been shown to produce anti-lipemic and vasoprotective effect, anti-inflammatory response and an overall protection against degenerative responses.
Below are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions.
- How does BergaMet™ work and what areas does it address?
BergaMet™ reduces the amount of lipid (cholesterol and triglycerides) consumed through meals. In addition, it reduces the internal formation of cholesterol. Finally, BergaMet™ helps glucose to entry the cells thereby producing benefit in patients suffering from metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
- How many patients have taken part in BergaMet™ clinical trials?
In many countries (In Europe, Australia and USA) more than 4.000 patients have taken part in BergaMet™ clinical trials.
- Have there been any side effects for patients taking BergaMet™?
To date, we have not found any side effects, clearly correlating with the use of BergaMet™.
- Can patients take BergaMet™ while on statins and blood pressure medication?
Many patients taking BergaMet™, are also taking statins or drugs acting on cardiovascular system. No significant changes in their therapeutic response have been found to date.
- Can patients who have had heart bypass and stent procedures take BergaMet™?
We have studied many of patients in clinical trials. The use of BergaMet™ shows beneficial effects on blood cholesterol and triglycerides. No problems are found in patients who have had heart bypass and/or stent procedures.
- Why is it important to take BergaMet™ before meals?
BergaMet™ has to be taken before meals, since it reduces lipid absorption in the gut.
- How does BergaMet™ compare to other natural products?
BergaMet™ is the only natural product working simultaneously on cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose. It may be taken together with other natural compounds because of a peculiar mechanism of action.
- Does BergaMet™ have any effect on neuroprotection?
Experimental studies have recently revealed, that bergamot extract in BergaMet™ may have protective effect on brain tissues.
- Does BergaMet™ have any anti-inflammatory qualities?
Recent studies have also shown that antioxidant molecules contained in BergaMet™ may produce relevant effects on chronic inflammatory disorders and enhances the effect of drugs such as morphine acting on pain sensitivity.
- Can i stop taking my statins after starting to take BergaMet™?
If you are on a statin, you should never stop this without your doctor’s permission and supervision. If you have been taking statins for any length of time, sudden cessation may lead to a marked rise in cholesterol over the initial levels. This is because statins block the last step in cholesterol production and when these are stopped, there is often an over- reaction of the blocked enzyme system lasting for a 6-8 week period. A natural product , such as BergaMet™ is not strong enough to overcome this effect initially, and would not be expected to reduce cholesterol for at least a 2-3 months under these circumstances.
- How does BergaMet™ help lower blood glucose?
BergaMet™ has an effect on blood glucose because of the direct effect on the “energy receptor” on the cell surface. Apart from the brain, for glucose to enter the cells and in particular the muscles, it has to enter via a receptor. Insulin is the doorman that opens the door, to facilitate the entry of glucose and other nutrients into the cells. In people with metabolic syndrome characterized by a tendency to diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, abdominal obesity and cardiovascular disease, the energy receptor is partially jammed and the only way the body can respond to this is by making more insulin to enter into the cell.
BergaMet™ acts directly on this receptor to facilitate it opening, and thus allow more sugar to enter the cell. This is probably why it also helps to reduce blood pressure and increase HDL.
- Is it okay to take BergaMet™ for patients recovering from cancer treatment?
There are no problems in this regard, and in fact there is some evidence to show some support for BergaMet™ in patients with various types of cancer, although this is certainly not a proven benefit as yet.
- How does BergaMet™ help weight loss?
Bergamot activates AMPK which is the metabolic trigger for the breakdown of fat and sugar in the body. AMPK is considered to be a key therapeutic target for the treatment of obesity, Type II diabetics and metabolic syndrome.