What Is Bergamot?
There are a lot of citrus fruits out there—oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes. But, there’s one type of citrus fruit called citrus bergamot that you won’t find in your local supermarket.
So, what is citrus bergamot and how can you get it?
Citrus bergamot is a very rare fruit that grows only in the Calabria Region of Italy. Because of its bitter taste, the bergamot is not grown for eating. But the aromatic essential oil from the citrus bergamot rind has long been used in the perfume industry, and its scent popularized Earl Gray tea. For generations, the bergamot growing business sustained the economy of Calabria.
But when synthetic substitutes began flooding the market, Calabria’s citrus bergamot business began to dry up. To protect the region from economic disaster, the Italian government chose a team of medical scientists, headed by Dr. Vincenzo Mollace, to study this citrus fruit and find new ways to use it.
Dr. Mollace began testing the fruit, focusing his research on the four key markers of heart, blood and arterial health: LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and fasting blood glucose levels.
In one double-blind study, Dr. Mollace compared 500 mg of the patented extract of citrus bergamot—called Bergamonte™—to a placebo for 30 days.
The patented citrus bergamot extract Dr. Mollace used for his research is not readily available in the United States, but you can find it here in BG-Cor™ Advanced Heart Health. The 500 mg dose of Bergamonte was shown to help maintain total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels already in the normal range. A positive effect on already healthy blood glucose was also observed.
BG-Cor gives you the research dose of 500 mg of citrus bergamot in the Bergamonte form, plus 1.3 g of phytosterols. Foods or supplements containing at least 0.65 gram per serving of plant sterol esters, taken twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 1.3 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Each serving of BG-Cor supplies 0.65 grams of vegetable oil sterol esters.