Scientists have found out that Earl Grey tea, derived from bergamot fruit, contains an enzyme that helps in lowering cholesterol and controlling heart disease.
The extract of bergamot, a Mediterranean citrus fruit, is used to prepare Earl Grey tea. The main ingredient in the extract of bergamot helps in controlling cholesterol just the way statins do. Statins is a group of medicines that lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
According to the research, Earl Grey tea contains enzymes called hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones (HMGF) which can kill proteins in the body that cause heart disease.
The extract reduces total cholesterol and LDL levels but increases the level of good cholesterol or HDL.
The report stated, "A daily supplement of bergamot fruit extract could be very effective for the treatment of high cholesterol."
Bergamot is used in traditional 'folk' medicines in the Mediterranean for other purposes as well such as to treat wounds, inflammation and as an antiseptic.
A study by the University of Cantanzaro in Italy in 2012 revealed that Bergamot could help in losing weight and protecting against diabetes.
The study was conducted by scientists at University of Calabria in Italy. It is known that consumption of citrus foods help in avoiding heart disease.