What is Bergamot?
Anyone who is familiar with Earl Grey tea knows the fragrant, citrusy scent and distinct flavor of bergamot. The most common question we get it, "What is it?" and "What does it do?"
Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit from the tropical, Citrus bergamia plant that is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean. The fruit is the size of an orange and is similar in color to a lime, or even yellowish, depending on the ripeness.
Like other citrus fruits, bergamot has a distinctive flavor and smell. It is highly aromatic, and the essential oils are extracted from the rind. The fragrant oil is used to make perfumes, colognes, scented soaps, and, it gives Earl Grey tea its signature flavor and aroma.
Benefits of Bergamot
Research on bergamot oil has uncovered multiple health benefits.
- Reduces stress
- Fights food poisoning
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Preserve coronary arteries
- Support healthy cholesterol levels
- Support healthy inflammatory response
Citrus Bergamot Extract is an extraction of several phytochemical compounds from the bergamot citrus fruit. These compounds include a wide array of flavonoids and have been found to offer a number of health benefits when taken as a supplement. Citrus supports healthy cholesterol levels and supports blood cell health and function.
Bergamot Extract is most promising due to its effects on cholesterol. In one human trial researchers found supplementing Bergamot Extract promoted healthy cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides, blood glucose, and HDL levels. All of these benefits were achieved with no adverse side effects.
When used as a supplement for supporting cholesterol, 1000 mg of Bergamont Extract should be taken per day until cholesterol reaches healthy levels. After this, a 500 mg maitenence dose is recommended and can be taken indefinitely.
It is not recommended to take more than 1500 mg of Citrus Bergamont Extract per day.
Learn more about bergamot from Dr J's Natural. Bergamot supplements can be taken for several reasons including lowering cholesterol levels, blood sugar, reducing middle obesity and arterial stiffness. Try it out here!