Bergamot and Cholesterol Research15 Dicembre 2015
Bergamot and Cholesterol Research
By Leslie Seaton from Seattle, WA, USA (Bergamot) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Common
I located the following human studies of citrus bergamot and cholesterol:
A 2011 study titled Hypolipemic and hypoglycaemic activity of bergamot polyphenols: from animal models to human studies involved both people and lab rats. It involved 237 people who were followed for 30 days. The people were divided into 3 groups:
- Group A received 500 mg of bergamot per day before meals
- Group B received 1000 mg of bergamot per day before meals
- Group C received a placebo before meals
After the study researchers noted that bergamot caused a “strong reduction” in total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) and a significant increase in HDL (good cholesterol). A significant reduction in triglycerides was also seen. No significant changes were seen in those getting the placebo.
“ A strong reduction may not necessarily be a significant reduction. I thought some of the words used in this study were vague. Since this was an Italian study, this could be due to language differences between cultures. I recommend that doctors read the study for themselves. There was also a 4th group who had to stop taking their statin medications (cholesterol-lowering drugs) because of muscle pain and other side effects. They were given 1500 mg per day. This group showed saw a 25% reduction in total cholesterol and a 27.5% reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. No negative side effects were reported.“
In this study, those taking 1000 mg per day responded better than those getting 500 mg per day. This study also reported that bergamot improved vasodilation of the blood vessels. In other words, the blood vessels more easily opened up to allow for better blood flow. Because of this finding, I predict bergamot will be used in “male performance” supplements as well as “pre workout” supplements.”
In a 2013 study published in the International Journal of Cardiology that lasted 30 days, 1000 mg of bergamot, given to people with high cholesterol levels, was shown to significantly reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides while, at the same time, raising HDL (good cholesterol). Specifically, after 1 month of use, here is what the researchers found:
- The average total cholesterol dropped from 278 to 191.
- Levels of LDL decreased from an average of 191 to 113.
- Triglyceride levels dropped from 238 to 165.
- Levels of HDL increased from 38 to 45.
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