While technically an orange, Bergamot or Citrus bergamia Risso more closely resembles a lime or lemon with a bumpy outer peel that ranges from pale green to yellow. If you’ve ever sipped a cup of Earl Grey tea, you’re familiar with bergamot, which is where the brew gets its citrusy aroma.
Bergamot fruit is primarily grown along the sunny southern coast of Italy in the town of Bergamo. Bergamot fruit is bursting with polyphenols, naturally occurring antioxidants that scavenge free radicals in the body. Bergamot essential oil has long been used as an Italian folk remedy to treat cardiovascular ailments22, ease stress and resolve skin issues and is still a common ingredient in colognes and perfumes to this day.
Recently, science has discovered that this powerful fruit doesn’t just smell nice, but also has some amazing cardiovascular health implications, particularly when it comes to moderating cholesterol and helping to prevent cholesterol oxidation.