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Do you know the natural alternative to statins?
This extract works better at lowering cholesterol without the side effects.
I’m always on the lookout for new fruits and vegetables. Especially in autumnal UK where apples and pears seem to be the only fruit in season.
This past week I found not one but three new fruits… and the extract of one of them works better than a statin at lowering cholesterol.
Can you guess which one?
Ever seen Kiwiberry, or even heard of them? Unappealing to look at, these small green fruits with blushing cheeks are about the size of a grape.
Apart from having a similar shape to Kiwi they don’t resemble the brown hairy fruit I know from down under. Their skin is smooth.
Imagine my surprise when I sliced a berry in half and it was the spitting image of a Kiwi. The green flesh a more intense colour than it’s counterpart. Much sweeter and more delicious, too.
It’s a virtual vitamin bomb that packs a punch with its A and C content. Naturally rich in fibre, of course.
Tomatillo, - it’s common in Mexican cuisine. The key player in salsa verde. I’ve never seen one, have you? A green globe shaped like a tomato but in a husk like a cape gooseberry. They are cousins!
High levels of vitamin C, niacin, beta carotene, fibre and phytochemical compounds called withanolides, which are not only antibacterial but also natural cancer fighters.
Bergamot extract you may know as the flavour in Earl Grey tea and the essential oil for relieving anxiety and depression.
It looks like a round green lemon yet more bitter. This citrus grows almost exclusively in a “blue zone” (where the population is known for health and longevity) in southern Italy and is drunk daily as we drink orange or clementine juice.
Clinical trials have shown that Bergamot lowers total cholesterol and LDL while increasing HDL. It lowers triglycerides significantly more than statins do and yet eliminates many of the side effects caused by statin medication.
I’m so happy to have discovered these superfood fruits in a little farm shop in England. Hopefully they will become more familiar faces on many shop shelves.
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
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