Bergamot: The Sour Fruit with Sweet Benefits

 

Bergamot citrus

Bergamot citrus is a sour tasting fruit combining orange, lemon and a twist of lime flavor. Although used in aromatherapy, cosmetics and food for many years, Bergamot has recently gained acclaim in medical circles due to studies demonstrating benefits on heart and overall health. Check out some of the benefits based on the published studies listed below and why you should consider Bergamot citrus as part of an overall prescription for good health.

    1. Bergamot lowers cholesterol by reducing  LDL (bad cholesterol) by 15-20%, triglycerides (blood fats) by 20-30% and buildup of cholesterol plaques.
    2. Bergamot has powerful antioxidant activities and may be particularly helpful in diabetes and with other metabolic risk factors.
    3. Bergamot reduces blood pressure and heart rate variability, an excellent measure of how our heart responds to stress.
    4. Bergamot possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation is one of the hottest areas in heart disease!
    5. Bergamot aromatherapy improves mood, If for no other reason, an uplifting mood will lighten your day.(Photo attribution to Leslie Seaton)

       

Dr. Michael Miller is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His latest book, “Heal Your Heart…” is available on Amazon with 100% of proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.

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