Limonene: What are the Benefits?July 26, 2018
What is Limonene?
Limonene is an oil nutrient called a terpene. It has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.
Plants that produce limonene use it as a natural insecticide to ward off predators. It is used in food, perfumes, and cleaners. It has a very low toxicity level, and as such, adverse effects are rarely recorded with it.
What are the Benefits of Limonene?
Limonene has a history in medicine, so it should come as no surprise that the limonene found in cannabis offers therapeutic benefits as well.
Currently, orally administered limonene is being tested, and clinical trials are ongoing in the treatment of breast cancer. Even more, this incredible compound has been known to help facilitate weight-loss.
Limonene improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract.
A number of uses have been confirmed by research studies:
- Boosts immunity. Limonene is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Improves gallbladder health. Limonene has been used clinically to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones.
- Provides indigestion relief. Because of its gastric acid neutralizing effect, it has also been used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) relief.
- Prevents and fights cancers. Limonene has well-established chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer including breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
- Prevents fatty liver and insulin resistance. It helps prevent the build-up of fat that results in a fatty liver while also preventing insulin resistance (pre-diabetes and diabetes).
- Kills pathogens/infections. Limonene is naturally used by plants to kill pathogens; has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Aids in weight loss. Limonene acts as a mild appetite suppressant and prevents weight gain.
- Decreases anxiety and insomnia. It has an anti-anxiety effect, both calming nerves and improving sleep patterns.
- Limonene May Protect the Eyes. Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals, which damage cells. Due to its antioxidant properties, limonene protected human eye cells from damage by hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural byproduct of human metabolism.