Bergamot, or citrus bergamia, is a rare citrus fruit native to the Calabrian region of Southern Italy due to sensitivity to the weather and soil conditions, which accounts for 80 percent of the worldwide production of bergamot. This superfruit has been used for decades in the Calabrian regions for its beneficial effects in promoting overall health - particularly, in support of cholesterol, cardiovascular, and metabolic health*.
What makes bergamot unique among citrus fruits? Citrus bergamot includes five unique antioxidant polyphenols in unusually concentrated amounts, which help protect your body’s trillions of cells from free radical damage.
The juice and albedo of bergamot has a unique profile of flavanoid and glycosides, such as neoeriocitrin, neohesperidin, naringin, rutin, neodesmin, rhoifolin, and poncirin.
BergaMet is the only company whose bergamot extract is approved by the prestigious Accademia del Bergamotto in Calabria, Italy.
The Calabrian region of Italy yields the most potent citrus bergamot fruit in the world, which enables BergaMet to produce a BPF (bergamot polyphenolic fraction) of 47 percent or greater - the most concentrated extract available anywhere.
Competing citrus bergamot products contain only 38 percent BPF or less (BergaMet products include a minimum of 40 percent and up to 47 percent BPF).
Bergamot is naturally sourced, organic, and grown with no pesticides whatsoever.
BergaMet is the only bergamot product formulated based on the most up-to-date research by highly regarded medical professionals who oversee thousands of patients currently taking bergamot supplements.
A Rare Gem
Bergamot has long been considered a gift both precious and mysterious. The fruit grows exclusively along the coast of Italy, from Villa San Giovanni to Brancaleone, in an area known as Reggio Calabria. Bergamot (citrus bergamia) is spherical in shape and turns vibrant yellow when is fully ripe. The fruit, according to historians, is a cross between lime and grapefruit (though some say it’s cedar instead) with bitter orange.
The first recorded traces of citrus bergamia appear around 1750, when a man named Nicola Parisi cultivated the first-known extensive planting of bergamot trees near the Calabrian region in Southern Italy. This area has a tropical humid temperate climate (meaning hot humid summers and mild winters) that happens to be perfect for growing not just any citrus bergamot, but the best in the world. Even other regions with similar climates, like Argentina, Brazil, and the Ivory Coast, can’t match the quality of our Southern Italian fruit.