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Promote Your Heart health With This Rare Citrus Fruit!

Attention Earl Grey lovers: If you drink at least a cup of Earl Grey tea every day, you may actually be deterring diseases away! Here’s why - Earl Grey which contains a special type of fruit, can actually be a natural therapy for heart diseases and even metabolic syndrome!

So you know what Earl Grey tastes and smells like but do you know where its lovely scent came from? In fact, its scent is where the secret to a healthy heart lies in! Bergamot, a type of citrus fruit that grows in Southern Italy, is what contributes to the aroma of Earl Grey.

What’s so special about Bergamot?

What’s interesting about this rare citrus fruit is that it has a huge variety of unique polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytochemicals, natural compounds that have antioxidant properties. Here’s just a little review for most of you: antioxidants are great for our body. They fight off free radicals and even repair the damages that these chemicals have caused. You’ll find antioxidants in red wine, tea, berries, cocoa and now...in great abundance in Bergamot!

It is perhaps because of these antioxidant properties in the polyphenols that Bergamot was found in many researches to have positive effects on people who have high cholesterol levels. In a clinical trial, volunteers had either 500 mg or 1,000 mg of bergamot extract daily. After just one month, the average “bad” cholesterol in both groups fell by 24 and 36% respectively while the “good” cholesterol went up by 22 and 44%! Even better, their triglyceride level dropped by 30 and 39%! This shows that Bergamot gives a promising future to the people who are preventing or even combatting heart diseases!

Don’t Like Earl Grey? Try This Instead!

Here is a drink recipe that was published on The Bojon Gourmet blog. If you don’t like tea because of the caffeine, make a bergamot mojitos instead!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  1. A couple leaves of mint (depending on how strong you want the mint taste to be)
  2. 2 teaspoons of sugar
  3. Tiny pinch of bergamot zest
  4. 2 ounces of strained bergamot juice
  5. 2 ounces of white rum
  6. Some ice cubes
  7. Sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put a couple of the mint leaves in a jar. Add the sugar, the bergamot zest as well as the juice.
  2. Mash everything up until all the mint leaves are completely bruised.
  3. Add rum
  4. Add and dissolve sugar
  5. Strain the liquid you have now into a glass that has ice cubes in it.
  6. Top off the liquid with sparkling water

 

References

  1. Alanna, Author. 'Bergamot Mojitos.' The Bojon Gourmet. N.p., 22 Sept. 2016. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.
  2. 'BERGAMOT: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings.' WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.
  3. 'Polyphenols: What They Are, and Why You Need Them.' Mercola.com. N.p., 14 Dec. 2015. Web. 19 Feb. 2017. 
  4. Whitaker, Julian. 'Benefits of Bergamot.' Dr. Julian Whitaker. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2017.And there you have it, a delicious drink that is also great for your heart!
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