Bergamot, or citrus bergamia, is a rare citrus fruit native to the Calabrian region of Southern Italy due to sensitivity to the weather and soil conditions, which accounts for 80 percent of the worldwide production of bergamot. This superfruit has been used for decades in the Calabrian regions for its beneficial effects in promoting overall health - particularly, in support of cholesterol, cardiovascular, and metabolic health*.
What makes bergamot unique among citrus fruits? Citrus bergamot contains five unique antioxidant polyphenols in unusually concentrated amounts, which help protect your body’s trillions of cells from free radical damage.
The juice and albedo of bergamot has a unique profile of flavanoid and glycosides, such as neoeriocitrin, neohesperidin, naringin, rutin, neodesmin, rhoifolin, and poncirin. Naringin has been shown to be beneficial in animal models of atherosclerosis, while neoeriocitrin and rutin have been found to exhibit a strong capacity to prevent LDL from oxidation. Imprtantly, bergamot juice is rich in brutieridine and melitidine with an ability to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, which inhibits the liver's ability to produce LDL, resulting in reduced cholesterol levels in liver cells*.