My past few posts have been pretty cholesterol centric and I just have to warn you that there will be more to come. Obviously this is a topic that is important to me, and unfortunately at this point science doesn’t have a good answer yet as to what the heck is going on in my particular case.
I’m doing what I can to self experiment (most recently by taking anti-inflammatory supplements and increasing more carbs… and then adding in even more carbs while cutting back saturated fat) and to dive into more research.
One of the areas I came upon was the relationship between the gut biome and cholesterol.
(Carol Salva from the Fat 2 Fit podcast had a slip of the tongue in her most recent episode and called it the Butt-Giome which I find hilarious)
Robb Wolf reported a similar situation to me. When he was eating low carb he also developed a sky high LDL-P, however he was able to get this under control by experimenting with resistant starch.
Of course, this inspired me to attempt my own trial of resistant starch. In fact I tried it twice. Both times I only lasted a couple weeks and all it did was leave me with a lot of flatulence, an unhappy BJJ Cavewife, and a stubbornly elevated LDL.
While I probably didn’t stick it out long enough and therefore can’t draw any real conclusions, a lot of the enthusiasm for raw potato starch seems to have died down. In fact, Dr. Grace the Gut Goddess is even pointing out in her new website, The Gut Institute, that raw potato starch can actually be detrimental.
When I discussed some of my issues with her via Twitter, she seemed to think that there may be a gut mediated process going on. I asked her if she knew of any papers that showed an improvement in lipid markers following treatment of gut issues and she directed me to this paper out of India, in the Mediators of Inflammation Journal from 2014 (full paper here).
The scientists gave subjects a commercially available probiotic VSL#3 (which can actually be picked up from Amazon, although it isn’t cheap) and Omega 3s (they don’t specify what brand) and found that:
… the probiotic preparation VSL#3 affected insulin sensitivity, lipid profile, and atherogenic index favourably and reduced hsCRP, a marker of inflammation, in overweight/obese adults. Probiotic given in combination with omega-3 was more effective than probiotic alone.
The improvement in the lipid markers was specifically:
HDL increased by 23.2% and LDL decreased by 10.7%; triglycerides decreased by 7.78% and VLDL by 7.78% in the probiotic with omega-3 group, compared with baseline levels
Dr. Grace also pointed to this study from the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics just published May 2015 showing that:
After 6 weeks, a significant reduction (P < .05) in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides and increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol was observed in the probiotic as well as in the synbiotic group when compared to placebo; however, the results of total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol were more pronounced in the synbiotic group.
Now to see if I can get everything I need for Bionic Fiber from Amazon:
I’ve decided to try Version C [Amped up Bionic Fiber for Fat Burning] because why not!
- Inulin FOS Powder – 1 tbsp
- Acacia Fiber – 1 tbsp
- Psyllium Husk Powder – 1 tbsp
- Raw Reserve High ORAC Green Powder
And I’ll probably add in one or a two of the following probiotics:
I have a couple experiments I need to complete first before I jump whole hog into this and go nuts with my Amazon order, but this will definitely be added onto my agenda.
*Image found here.