Moving forward with my efforts to identify non-Statin ways to lower my cholesterol I experimented with using Bergamot 500 mg twice a day. This was a component of what I did when I finally got my LDL-P to under 1500 and small LDL-P to under 600:
Most recently I’ve been testing the effects of various dosages of Berberine, here are links to my most recent posts:
- Cholesterol Update September 2016 – My only intervention was eating Whole 30
- Cholesterol Update with Berberine, January 2017 – Taking 500 mg of Berberine twice a day
- Cholesterol Update after Increasing the Dose of Berberine, February 2017 – Taking 500 mg of Berberine three times a day
Next, I wanted to see what using Bergamot alone would do to my cholesterol. The brand of Bergamot I used was:
Which goes for the reasonably priced $45.00 for two bottles containing 60 capsules each of 500 mg.
I chose this brand simply because it was more affordable than the original brand I went with, HP LifeScience Citrus Bergamot which goes for $34.95 per bottle of 60 capsules containing 500 mg each.
The dosage I went with was 500 mg twice a day, which is what I used in my original Anti Cholesterol Game Plan.
And for context:
LDL-P: Dropped modestly to 1756 from 1822
Small LDL-P: Dropped over 30% to 407 from 589. Most importantly this brings things into the normal range (< 527) which is the first time this has happened!
LDL-C: Surprisingly this actually ticked up to 155 from 140.
Triglycerides: Relatively unchanged at 64
HDL-C: Essentially unchanged at 53
Total Cholesterol: Ticked up to 221.
The big take away from all this is the further decrease in my small LDL-P which is now in the normal range of < 527! If you look at my historical data, this has never happened before which is exciting! This is literally new territory for my physiology.
Since I’ve been testing only in two week intervals, it’s difficult to differentiate between changes due to the after effects of residual Berberine in my system vs changes due to Bergamot alone, but nonetheless, I’m optimistic of these results.
Now if only I can get the LDL-P under control…
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