How it supports your body
Bergamot is a unique citrus fruit that grows in the Mediterranean, and has long been used by Italians to help promote healthy aging. Unique among citrus fruits, bergamot has especially high levels of polyphenols that have been shown to help with cholesterol, blood lipid levels and visceral fat accumulation (the bad fat linked to heart disease).
During menopause falling levels of estrogen are linked with higher cholesterol, increased visceral fat accumulation, and increasing chances of becoming pre-diabetic or diabetic. Bergamot has been clinically studied to help support proper metabolism and healthy levels of lipids in your blood. Menopause can be a time of disruption, and bergamot helps keep your body and metabolism from getting thrown off.
Commonly found in: Bergamot fruit
Our source: Citrus bergamia Risso et Poiteau
Amount (The Daily): 100mg of bergamot phytosome
Supplier: Indena (Italy)
What makes it special: This is made using bergamot polyphenols extracted from bergamot trees in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Standardized to make sure the extract contains the same ratio of powerful polyphenols as the natural juice, it is then bound up inside a phytosome – a sunflower oil structure like a liposome that helps increase absorption.
There are 390+ papers looking in to how bergamot works and can help. Take a dive into the research to see what the science says. Below are three papers to get you started.
** Bergamot phytosome improved visceral fat and plasma lipid profiles in overweight and obese class I subject with mild hypercholesterolemia: A randomized placebo controlled trial. Phytother Res. 2021 Apr;35(4):2045-2056
** Hypoglycemic and Hypolipemic Effects of a New Lecithin Formulation of Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction: A Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo- Controlled Study. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2019;19(2):136-143
** The Effect of Natural Antioxidants in the Development of Metabolic Syndrome: Focus on Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction. Nutrients. 2020 May 21;12(5):1504