What is Bergamot?

Bergamot Reggio is a citrus fruit indigenous to the Calabrian region in Southern Italy. This region accounts for 80% of the worldwide production of bergamot. Bergamot has been used for decades in the Calabrian regions for its beneficial effects in supporting and promoting health.* Bergamot differs from other citrus fruits not only because of the composition of its antioxidant polyphenols, but because its particularly high polyphenol content.

It has been shown that a 47% bergamot polyphenolic fraction (BPF) possesses an antilipemic and vasoprotective effect which accounts for its beneficial use in metabolic disorders including diabetes mellitus and hyperlipemia in order to prevent cardiometabolic risk. In particular, the effect of BPF seems to occur at many levels via

1) reduction of both cholesterol and glucose absorption in the gastrointestinal tract;

2) improvement of lipoprotein traffic into liver tissue;

3) inhibition of endogenous cholesterol biosynthesis;

4) potent antioxidant activity which modulates endothelial cell apoptosis.

Thus, BPF may represent a candidate to play a relevant role in counteracting endothelial dysfunction in metabolic disorders, thereby producing a protective effect against diabetes-induced ED.

Clinical trials have demonstrated significant health benefits from citrus bergamot, especially in cardiovascular health. Citrus bergamot is the key ingredient in all BergaMet products.

Citrus Bergamot Fruit

NOT ALL BERGAMOT PRODUCTS ARE EQUAL

When looking at bergamot products it is important that you know what make citrus bergamot products different from others. BergaMet NA have been granted an exclusive distributorship for North America.

BergaMet is the only citrus bergamot company to be approved by the prestigious Accademia del Bergamotto in Calabria, Italy.

 

This area yields the most potent citrus bergamot fruit in the world that enables us to produce a BPF (Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction) of 47% or greater.

 

Competing citrus bergamot products contain only 30% BPF (BergaMet prodcuts contain a minimum of 40% BPF).

 

Our bergamot fruit is completely organic and we never use pesticides.

 

BergaMet is the ONLY product based on the most up to date and ongoing research of Professor Mollace (MD, PhD), extensive patient data, and the expert opinion of Dr Ross Walker (MB, BS (HONS) FRACP, FCSANZ), who as a cardiologist has experience with over 5,000 patients on BergaMet.

 
 

Professor Mollace tried many sources of Bergamot but found it was ONLY Calabrian Citrus Bergamot that had the unique polyphenols that are necessary to reduce cholesterol, blood glucose and treat metabolic syndrome and which are shown and are continued to be shown in his research.

 
 
 

The BPF extract is obtained using a patented extraction process and application. The patents are held by an Italian company, who have almost complete access to the region’s citrus bergamot. 

 
 

The continued research has shown that there are certain requirements needed in a bergamot product to be truly effective - including a minimum of 38% polyphenols and dosage of 1000mg +/day.

 
 

The History of Bergamot

Bergamot was always considered precious and mysterious at the same time.

It grows exclusively near the area around Reggio Calabria, along the coastal strip from Villa San Giovanni to Brancaleone. This fruit is classified by scientists as “Citrus bergamia”, has a spherical structure and becomes yellow when is completely ripe. This fruit, according to historians, is a crossbreeding of lime and grapefruit or maybe cedar with bitter orange.

It grows exclusively near the area around Reggio Calabria, along the coastal strip from Villa San Giovanni to Brancaleone. This fruit is classified by scientists as “Citrus bergamia”, has a spherical structure and becomes yellow when is completely ripe. This fruit, according to historians, is a crossbreeding of lime and grapefruit or maybe cedar with bitter orange.

The first traces of this fruit appears in the area near Reggio named ‘Fondo dei giunchi’; while in 1750 was noticed the first intensive planting of bergamot trees, created by Nicola Parisi. From the climate perspective, the area of cultivation is named in the maps as “tropical humid temperate.” The geographic centre of gravity of the cultivation area has been identified in the municipality of Melito di Porto Salvo. Other “competitors” all around the wold tried to cultivate this fruit, for instance in Ivory Coast, Argentina and Brazil, but the essence obtained in these places is not valuable and not comparable with the original one.

The cultivation of bergamot in Calabria, is about 1,500 hectares, with an average production of around 100 thousand kilograms of essence. To get one kilo of essence, it takes 200 kilograms of fruit. Each plant can produce, in generous time, up to a ton of fruit: these performances are achieved with a clever pruning, which allows the plant to “expand” and “lower” the stature at the same time, finding shelter from the strong summer sun and wind. The flowers are white (zagare) and very fragrant; the leaves are shiny, fleshy and always green, even in winter. Bergamot is grown in three varieties known as: “femminello”, “castagnaro” and “Fantastico”. Another detail is that the fresh fruit is not sold anywhere in the greengrocers, but only directly by farmers, is available from November until March.