What is bergamot?
By Naomi Whittel
If you haven’t heard of this amazing citrus fruit, bergamot is deliciously aromatic and it resembles a cross between an orange and a pear. The bergamot is traditionally grown in Calabria, Italy and when I visited the citrus groves of Southern Italy, I discovered that bergamot is traditionally used to treat high cholesterol. This was fascinating to me and I had to learn more. The team of scientists I met with explained that this antioxidant-rich fruit contains polyphenols that help support against oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, balance blood sugar, and support healthy cholesterol levels. Two very special constituents, in particular, melitidin and brutieridin, discourage the production of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, while helping your body make HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Bergamot is highly anti-inflammatory, and it is thought that anti-inflammatories have a powerful influence on the quality of the particle size of LDL cholesterol. Scientists and cardiologists understand that the size of your cholesterol particles may have more to do with heart disease than the quantity of them. We want to have more of the “fluffy” kind of cholesterol particles and much less of the dense cholesterol particles. When you live and eat in a way that positively increases your “fluffy” particles and lowers the amount of “dense” cholesterol particles, you decrease your risk for heart disease. Including the antioxidant-rich citrus bergamot in your daily diet is a strong way to encourage this shift. My new AutophaTea™ is made with whole citrus bergamot fruit and it helps to not only support your heart health, but also to activate autophagy.