I’ve been an avid proponent of preventative medicine and wellness for as long as I can remember. So when I discovered that I have a hereditary predisposition to high cholesterol, I became determined to use natural medicine to help me.
My search led me to the breathtaking shores of Calabria Italy, where a sour citrus fruit known as Bergamot (the flavor in earl grey tea) grows.
What is Bergamot? Citrus Bergamot is a deliciously aromatic fruit, resembling a cross between an orange and a pear in an equally beautiful region of the world. Learning of its traditional use to treat high cholesterol, I had to understand more.
The team of scientists I met with explained to me 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. Yet, another case where quality triumphs over everything else! You want to have more of the fluffy kind and less of the dense cholesterol particles. So when you live and eat in a way that positively increases your “fluffy” particles and lowers the amount of “dense” cholesterol particles, you are decreasing your risk for heart disease. Including the antioxidant-rich Bergamot in your daily diet is a strong way to help make this shift.
Lets Discover Wellness Together,