Check out this funny-looking fruit!
Are you familiar with this funny-looking green fruit? It’s bergamot, also known as Citrus bergamia. It has an orange-blossom scent in the wild. And if you are an Earl Grey tea drinker, then you have smelled and tasted it. I’m not sure there is enough bergamot in the tea for you to derive its health benefits. The smell is quite appealing- clean and uplifting and the essential oil that is expelled from the bergamot peel is quite popular. As an oil, it is most often used to lift spirits, calm anxiety and promote positivity about oneself.
While I’m not allowed to share more about the properties of bergamot essential oil (strict FDA compliance requirements), let’s go back to the wonderful whole fruit. It contains powerful antioxidants and studies have shown that
Bergamot fruit naturally…
- Lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
- Raises HDL cholesterol
- Slows the signs and effects of aging
- Protects against endothelium (arterial lining) dysfunction
- Lowers inflammation throughout the entire body
- Restores liver function
- Reverses non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Stimulates fat burning
- Controls and reverses metabolic syndrome
- Regulates blood sugar to help prevent insulin resistance and diabetes
The integrative and highly experienced functional medicine doctor, Keith Scott Mumby MD, says this about Bergamot fruit, “Packed with incredible polyphenols, every part of the bergamot is used! The peel, the oil, and the juice are all great for your entire body. It is the ideal nutraceutical! That's right, the nutrition from this unassuming little fruit does the job of pharmaceuticals (without the awful side effects).”
Reach out to me if you are looking for more natural ways to support good report cards with your docs when it comes to blood tests and blood pressure!