According to new studies bergamot, a key ingredient in Earl Grey helps fight heart disease by significantly lowering cholesterol.
Bergamot extract comes from the rind of a citrus fruit native to the Mediterranean and gives the dark, full-leaf tea its distinctive flavour.
Recent studies from the University of Calabria in Italy revealed that HMGF, an enzyme in Bergamot, reduced levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol by attacking certain unwanted proteins in the body and increased good cholesterol, or HDL. In this way, it can be seen as one of the best ways to avoid high cholesterol and heart disease.
Statins are a class of drugs commonly used to treat high cholesterol. These often cause negative side effects on the muscles and the liver. What’s so great about Bergamot is that it in studies it showed to reduce LDL’s or ‘bad’ cholesterol without causing any side effects and unlike statins, it was also able to raise HDL’s or good cholesterol levels.
Bergamot has long been a part of the Mediterranean diet and has been used in traditional medicine as an antiseptic and for treating wounds and inflammation. You may have seen it on the shelves of a health food store labeled ‘Citrus Bergamot Extract’.
Other great things Bergamot does:
- Reduces stress and alleviates anxiety
- Improves digestion by reducing constipation and nausea
- It helps protect against cavities and tooth decay
- Aids digestion
- Opens the heart chakra to relieve addictive behaviours, depression and anxiety
Looking to purchase earl grey tea? Make sure it’s organic, fair trade and comes in GMO free tea bags like Numi teas!