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Can Bergamot Really Lower LDL Cholesterol? (The 2019 Update)

Can Bergamot Really Lower LDL Cholesterol? (The 2019 Update)


Why all the recent attention about
bergamot? Is it actually becoming a contender with statins, the number one
Big Pharma moneymaker of the past? Could it actually be better? Well, we do
know that it’s bitter. Pardon the pun. It comes from a plant called a
bitter orange. But we’ll talk about all this in just a minute. First of all, let’s talk about what it is.
It’s the oil from a plant called citrus bergamia that’s
part of the mint family. They’re called essential oils, bergamot oil, they come
from things called flavonoids. We’ll talk about those in just a minute. Here’s
where the one of the big problems is. A hundred oranges only yields 3 ounces of
oil so there’s been a lot of problem with adulteration in the past with other
types of oil. So the guys in Calabria, Italy (the capital of production (and bergamot is
the symbol of Calabria), those guys said, look, we’ve got to do some things to
tighten up our quality control. Calabria… ring any bells for you? It’s the home
place for Valter Longo and a lot of centurions. Is it because of the
bergamot? I don’t know. It has been used for centuries though it’s been
part of Ayurvedic and other types of medicine in terms of several different
things which we’ll talk about in a few minutes. What’s the most common use for it? Why do most people
remember bergamot? It’s part of Earl Grey tea. It’s what creates that distinctive
bitter taste. Again, where does that taste come from? Chemicals called flavonoids.
Those are also the active ingredients that have helped create
the health impact of bergamot, for example, statin effects. You’ve heard
of hydroxymethylglutaryl CoA and probably not HMG-CoA. Probably not. But you’ve
heard of statins and that’s actually how statins work – to decrease LDL. They
inhibit the enzyme that makes cholesterol in the liver. And for those
of you who are interested in that pathway, it’s right over here. Bergamot
also is known for having some other effects as well. Antidepressant effects,
antimicrobial effects, and antioxidant effects. Here’s one of the academic
articles about how it inhibits the HMG-CoA enzyme, the enzyme that makes LDL.
Before I go on, I just have to say those of you that watch my channel know that I
don’t worry too much about LDL in and of itself. I worry more about inflammation. And as I continue to watch the
development of this story, just be aware that that’s going on in the back of my
mind. Other activities are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects of
bergamot juice in an experimental model of this one on inflammatory bowel
disease. Now, just like many other things,
they do have a positive impact in the wrong places. The wrong time
can have a very negative impact. This is bullous toxicity. Bullous means big
blisters, and here you might be able to see this a little bit better if I expand
it. So that’s happened with people that were working with bergamot. It got on
their skin. And for some people, getting bergamot on your skin and being exposed
to sunlight can cause this. There are actually even reports of death among
young children who got too much bergamot. I’ve reported on that in my first
bergamot video a couple of years ago and I’m still a little bit puzzled how kids
could actually drink that much because it tastes so strong. Anyway, here’s
some of that recent research where they’re talking about reducing the
markers for cardiovascular disease. Now, are they focusing mostly on LDL? Yes, they are. Is it gonna be shown to be a cardiovascular anti-inflammatory thing? I think it’s too early to tell. But I’m looking and
there’s some types of bergamot out there. One of them that’s got a lot of press is
Bergamet. I’ve got a friend who got connections there at Bergamet and
I’m doing some due diligence on this product if we can find that. It does make
sense. We’ll see if we can offer it. Thank you very much for your interest. Because
there’s a combination of laypeople and medical professionals in the audience
dentist and some PhD folks and some other maybe even
a doctor too. And what I think what it’s beneficial for the layperson is we’ve
watched all these videos maybe like I did over the last year and you have
these dots of information. And when you come here it helps you connect all those
dots together, and it gives you a better depth of knowledge.

18 comments

@ Doctor Brewer. Great video. Thanks for showing the fruit and where it come from. I use bergamot as aromatherapy all the time. Do you think the bergamot aromatherapy could also be an antidepressant?

Why even try to lower LDL with it before you know whether it lowers large bouyant LDL or small dense LDL? Dr. Ron Krauss and his fellow researchers have clearly established that the small dense LDL are the culprits, along with other small particles. We don't need to lower the good kind, as they perform many necessary functions and return to the liver in good order.

If this works in similar ways to statins, might it have the same problems as well? Or did I read too much into that discussion?

Anti-inflammatory if taken inside the body, blistering inflammation outside the body – interesting! Everything in moderation, as the old axiom goes. If it is a sugar buster, I want it.

This inhibits the liver from making cholesterol?
Half of the cholesterol is in the brain and needs to be there. Cholesterol makes all of the hormones in your body. Also it makes your arteries supple.
No thanks, I will pass. I need my cholesterol thank you. 🙂

I started taking bergamot a month or so ago. My supplement also has a little berberine added to the bergamot. Since I'm doing more than 1 thing in a effort to better my situation I will never be 100% certain what was most responsible for a certain change in medical test results.

“It’s best people should not eat pork or pork products. The pig is the only animal besides man that develops arteriosclerosis. This animal is so loaded with cholesterol that in cold weather, unprotected pigs will become stiff, as though frozen solid”. – Dr. Paul Bragg

What if I opined that most cholesterol screw ups are caused by liver damage caused by too much fat embedded deep in the liver, which got there by chronically eating too high of a carb/sugar diet which drove insulin, which caused excess fat storage, which caused the liver damage. It would explain why people get heart disease only after decades of damage due to poor eating. People usually never get heart disease before 30 since the liver damage hasn’t been that extensive by 30. But 20 more years of bad diet, then you’re talking some damage.

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