In the last episode of “Let’s Tinker With The BJJ Caveman’s Cholesterol,” I took Bergamot 500 mg 2x/day and saw that it brought my Small LDL-P to 407 which is the lowest it’s ever been and the fist time it was in the normal range of <527 nmol/L. My LDL-P remained in the high range of 1600-2000 at 1756 nmol/L.
The next step of my experiment involved taking both Berberine AND Bergamot. These are the brands I took:
Um.. WHAT?! When I first saw these results I was flabbergasted. This made no sense. Why did both my LDL-P AND my small LDL-P go up?!?!
I then realized that this may have been related to my diet. In the week or so before I took the blood test, my folks came up to visit so of course my normal diet went out the window.
The BJJ Cavemom makes some of my favorite all time dishes in the world and she didn’t disappoint when she stayed with us. Knowing that we don’t get to eat her cooking that often, she pulled out all the stops and made a large pot of one of my this one thing that I just can’t get enough of.
It consists of braised pork belly, eggs, and various salts and spices slow cooked over a number of hours. It was just as delicious as I remembered and I ate to my hearts content. I imagine that the saturated fat content of this was out of control.
Because of my ApoE 3/4 genotype, I know that eating a diet high in saturated fats can lead to a worsened lipid profile, so I typically try to limit the amount I eat, but on this special occasion I left myself enjoy this delectable home cooking.
I waited a little over a week while eating my normal diet which is mainly Whole 30 and continuing to take my Berberine and Bergamot and retested my cholesterol.
And for context:
I’ll be ignoring the data from 4/3/17 because that was when I was eating all the saturated-fat laden goodness.
LDL-P: Dropped slightly from 1756 to 1715.
Small LDL-P: Climbed 95% to 797 from 407. Not good.
LDL-C: Went down to 141 from 155.
Triglycerides: Increased to 115 from 64. Not sure what to make of this since my trigs hardly ever climb above 100.
HDL-C: Essentially unchanged at 49
Total Cholesterol: Ticked down to 213.
My LDL-P remained stubbornly in the 1700-1800 range that I saw while taking either Berberine or Bergamot individually, so this may reflect a floor to how low I can bring things with just these two supplements. I was hoping there would be an additive effect which would bring me into the 1400 range which is what I managed to get it to when I was using the entire Anti-Cholesterol Gamepan.
Even more puzzling is why the combination of Bergamot and Berberine actually lead to an increased small LDL-P. I actually can’t even think of a hypothesis as to why this would be. Maybe they interfere with each other? Maybe I didn’t wait long enough for the effects to take hold? Maybe my body was still affected by all the saturated fat I ate? It’s hard to say.
After fiddling around with these supplements for the past few months, I want to take a supplement holiday and let my body get back to it’s normal-supplement-free state to see where things stand.
Some things I plan to tinker with are apple cider vinegar, intermittent fasting, and cutting out all red meat and eggs.
Let’s see where this takes me.