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Studies show Bergamot reduces bad cholesterol levels

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Studies show Bergamot reduces bad cholesterol levels

Four research studies since 2013 have consistently shown that Bergamot reduces harmful cholesterol levels on the human body. Indeed, one study went on to say it could replace any need for statins, without the harmful side-effects.

Bergamot is a bitter citrus fruit often used for flavouring. It is found in Early Grey tea, for example.

In one 2013 study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, 77 patients took 1 gm of Bergamot a day for a month. The ‘bad cholesterol’ levels in those patients at the end of the month had almost halved. ‘Good cholesterol’ levels had increased.

Bergamot typically grows in Southern Italy and is full of bioactive compounds called flavonoids, which are the most likely reason for its beneficial effects according to Arrigo Cicero, a scientist in the atherosclerosis and metabolic disease research unit of the University of Bologna.

Mild heartburn was the only side-effect recorded.

Reduce cholesterol naturally – We have previously reported on the ‘phytosterol’ content of The Mediterranean Diet. Phytosterols are nature’s statins.