Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) is a citrus fruit native to the coastal Calabrian region of Italy. A member of the Rutaceae family, the fruit is the size of an orange, yet similar in color to a lime or even yellowish, depending on the ripeness. Bergamot extracts are particularly rich in flavones and flavonones including: neoeriocitrin, naringin and neohesperidin. All been isolated and identified in bergamot.
Some of the flavonoids in bergamot have a similar mechanism of action as classic treatment used by cholesterol lowering drugs, with the other flavonoids providing added benefit of also increasing HDL to scavenge free cholesterol. Further, its antioxidant properties can prevent inflammation associated with vascular damage, making this supplement effective in managing the risks associated with cardiovascular concerns.
- Country of origin: Italy
- Proprietary standardized extract called Bergavit®
- Part used: Fruit
- Solvent for extraction: Water/Ethanol, Final extract ratio 150:1
- Flavonoids (neoeriocitrin, naringin, neohesperidin) 25 – 28%