Skip to comments.A cup of Earl Grey 'as good as statins' at fighting heart disease, study finds
Posted on 03/31/2014 9:04:27 AM PDT by Nachum
Drinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract - a key ingredient in the hot drink - is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol.
Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol.
They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease.
The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in patients.
Researchers from Italy's University of Calabria, writing for the Journal of Functional Foods, used concentrations of HMGF on the proteins which cause heart disease and 'bad' cholesterol.
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One of my arthritic friends said "sc*** this $3000 a month med thing" and is doing Cherry Juice.
Statins have caused me nothing but trouble, to the extent that I stopped taking them. I’ll try the tea; what have I got to lose?
Make it so.
Tea, earl grey, hot!
My wife's grandmother, who lived to 101 swore by Cherry Juice. Drank it every day.
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You can still enjoy a cup of earl grey!
Is that a squeaky lobster?
My doctor said to give up chips....I said..."both bags"...cuz that's more than I would eat in a year.
Now...Age 70....Cholesterol is 120. BP 108/68.
If I die, I die.
Stash makes Earl Grey with Double Bergamot, just excellent, your taste buds will thank you.
Whoops...Cholesterol is 240...the same as 30 years ago.
I just found it on Amazon.com. Thanks for the tip.
I'll take the satins and the hell with my cholesterol!
Ear Grey tea gives me a headache.
Can’t stand it.
Now Stash Chai, different story.
Don’t forget it works for Starfleet Captain work for anybody
Even Klingtons know it good for you LOL!
That my mom favorite YEAH LOL!
I take Red Yeast Rice to lower cholesterol. It contains a naturally occurring statin, but much less than one would get in a prescription. After a couple of months, I brought my total reading down from 233 to 197, with an increase in my "good" cholesterol.
The combo of all my cholesterol numbers equates I’m in the best range. I always have high good chol....
For chai we use the Tazo concentrate or I make it from scratch.
Oatmeal keeps my cholesterol down below maximums, but it is nice to know there is another way besides statins to do the trick. I was prescribed statins several years ago and refused to take them after reading about the side effects.
I am on my fourth statin. I got the leg muscle/aches from
generic simvastatin, Crestor & generic Lipitor. I am now on generic pravastatin, I think. I have lost track. I tried high doses of Niacin prior to those. My HDL has always been high as a percentage. It seems like the statin I am taking now is starting to bother me after being on it for close to a year.
What does the cherry juice do?
Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.
How much Red Yeast rice do you take?
Is this something you can buy in a regular grocery store?
Go get yourself some 1200gr lecithin capsules and prepare to be amazed.
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I guess I’m going to live forever, drink the stuff all day when I’m home. I really like Taylors of Harrogate’s Yorkshire Earl Grey, anybody else have any “classic” favorite Earl Grey’s blend to recommend?
I take WEIDER RED YEAST RICE which I get at Costco. I take two caplets with breakfast and 2 with dinner. That's 1200 mg twice a day.
I don't know how old you are but there was a study saying older women with higher than norm chol is just fine. I think you have to look at the whole picture...BP, sugar & chol.
One of my buds WAS on statins...stopped taking them....same thing...leg/muscle cramps. He's 85.
You can buy bergamot oil, drop it into your gin if you don’t like tea.
What a great idea! ... But I like Earl Grey Tea
Ha. Love it.
have him try gin soaked raisins
yes, Terayza Kerry was right! they work
a spoonful a day
Thank you both for your suggestions. The main side effect of atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) for me has been weakness and loss of muscle tone, and fatigue, which may just be related to the muscle weakness. I always prefer the treatment with the least amount of drugs if it will work for me.
Cherry Juice is more for arthritis.
I finally quit the Statins (I was borderline anyway) and I’ll probably switch to Red Yeast Rice. Niacin really jacks up the HDL.
I received an email on friday stating that my doctor had died at home in his sleep and another was taking over his patients.
He was younger then me!
He looked like he worked out. His website showed him surfing and had links to videos telling you about healthy living....
I think it was the healthy living that killed him or the steroids....
Get your blood tested by your doctor. Those side effects should not be ignored.
This is from an American who can not stand the taste of hot tea. I like Iced tea but not Sweet Tea, sorry my Southern brothers, I drink it straight up no sugar or other artificial flavorings.
It had the most subtle flavor.
I drink lots of hot tea, sometimes double strength Earl Grey with French vanilla creamer, but usually just straight up. The packets the tea bags come in retain the wonderful scent days after taking the bag out for making tea. ... Bigalow is good tea, btw.
My favorite Earl Grey teas- Bentley’s, Stash and Ahmed. I tried Teavana’s and couldn’t finish the cup. With Earl Grey, It’s either good or undrinkable for me.
Everyone who is concerned about cholesterol numbers needs to read “Grain Brain” by Dr Perlmutter. Lots about cholesterol and the function it plays in keeping your brain healthy.
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