Drinking Earl Grey tea can help prevent heart disease. A recent study found that bergamot extract – a key ingredient in earl grey tea – is as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol.
Scientists found that bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor, can significantly lower cholesterol.
In one of the studies, published in 2013 in the International Journal of Cardiology, 77 patients took 1,000 milligrams daily of bergamot extract during a period of one month. The subjects’ cholesterol dropped from an average of 278 milligrams to 191.
Additionally, it was reported that that adding bergamot allowed these patients to cut the cholesterol drug rosuvastatin dosage in half.
The scientists stated,
“Extract from bergamot – most commonly used in Earl Grey tea – reduced total cholesterol, and LDL levels but there was an increase in HDL levels (good cholesterol).
“Therefore a daily supplement of bergamot fruit extract could be very effective for the treatment of high cholesterol.”
Health Benefits of Earl Grey Tea
- Improve your mood and reduce stress— Bergamot possesses antidepressant and relaxant properties, which help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Drinking earl grey can balance your mood.
- Strengthen the immune system — Bergamot contains antioxidants that can eliminate free radicals, as well as help fight against infection and prevent chronic diseases.
- Prevent Heart Disease — Bergamot has been linked to lowered triglyceride levels in the body, which may protect against stroke, heart attack and atherosclerosis.
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