Bergamot tea, the drink that reduces inflammation and helps digestion

Bergamot tea, the drink that reduces inflammation and helps digestion

The bergamot-flavored black tea drink has numerous beneficial properties for our body

Bergamot tea is a much loved drink, originally from Southeast Asia but now widespread everywhere. It comes from a blend of black tea, the leaves of which are flavored with bergamot extract, which gives this variety a delicate citrus flavor.

This drink has several properties for our health, thanks to the particular plant compounds contained in the bergamot. Many studies have been carried out on its juice and on the extracts of this citrus fruit, which have highlighted their beneficial effects mainly due to the presence of antioxidants. These substances counteract the formation of free radicals and slow down cellular aging, as evidenced by a study published in Food Sciences and Nutrition.

Bergamot tea is very useful for reducing and preventing digestive problems: theaflavins, contained in large quantities in black tea blends, counteract the onset of gastric ulcers and, in general, stomach-related disorders. Laboratory research conducted in test tubes and on animals, the results of which have been published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, has demonstrated the effectiveness of these substances on pain caused by stomach problems. However, further studies will be needed to examine their effects on humans.

Instead, flavonoids, a particular type of antioxidant, act against inflammation. According to a study published in Clinical Nutrition, bergamot juice (which is very rich in these substances) inhibits the release of acute phase proteins in those suffering from intestinal inflammatory colitis. While in vitro research published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has suggested that the extract of this citrus fruit fights the inflammation caused by Helicobacter pylori.

Finally, bergamot tea plays a major role in heart health. Black tea blends help to keep blood pressure under control, as shown by a study conducted on a sample of 95 people at risk of hypertension. While the flavanones, contained in bergamot, inhibit the enzymes that produce cholesterol and reduce the levels of triglycerides in the blood.

The possible contraindications of bergamot tea only concern its excessive consumption. This drink contains tannins, substances that can interfere with the absorption of iron: to find out more, consult your doctor, so as to dispel any doubts.

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