Can You Reduce Cholesterol With A Pill?
ReCardio, an over-the-counter product made by ReNue pharmacy may offer an alternative treatment option to statins that help control high cholesterol levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women and high total cholesterol levels double a person’s risk of heart disease. The CDC also states that roughly 73.5 million Americans have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or ‘bad’ cholesterol but less than half are actually being treated for it.
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Statins are the most commonly prescribed medication to lower LDL cholesterol levels; however, some people report muscle and joint aches with the use of statins and require alternative therapies. These side effects may worsen with increased doses of statins, so lower doses may be beneficial in reducing unwanted muscle or joint pain. It is not fully understood what causes these side effects, but one potential reason is that statins reduce the amount of Coenzyme Q10, a naturally occurring antioxidant that plays a role in muscle cell energy production. ReCardio contains Bergamot, a naturally occurring substance that can lower LDL levels without depleting Coenzyme Q10.
Bergamot bioactive polyphenolic fractions (BPF), the main ingredient in ReCardio, is a fruiting plant that is native to and grown almost exclusively in the southern region of Italy, known as Calabrian. It has been used by locals for its calming effects and increasing evidence also supports its use in cardiovascular health. It has a mechanism of action that is similar to statins but does not reduce CoQ10, potentially leading to fewer side effects.
Clinical trials have indicated benefits of Bergamot in maintaining healthy total cholesterol (TC), high- density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglyceride levels when taken alone or with reduced doses of statins. Research has also shown that Bergamot provides antioxidant and inflammatory-balancing properties to help preserve coronary arteries, support patients’ blood sugar, fatty liver, and LDL particle sizes.
ReCardio may deliver cardiovascular support or offer an alternative for patients who experience side effects with traditional statin therapy. ReCardio can be taken independently to lower LDL levels and promote cardiovascular health, or it can be used in conjunction with statins. If used with statins, your doctor may be able to lower your current statin dose, potentially reducing any unwanted side effects while maintaining the benefits. If you would like to learn more about ReCardio and how it can help support your cardiovascular health, contact your neighborhood ReNue Rx compounding pharmacy today.