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Need More Antioxidants? Try These 5 Terpenes!

Not sure why antioxidants are important to your body? Oxidation is a chemical reaction inside your body that can damage cells. Stress, smoking cigarettes, alcohol consumption, and a variety of other factors can accelerate the oxidation process in your body, which can lead to what are called free radicals. These free radicals are what cause the cell damage, having an odd number of electrons and stimulating harmful chemical reactions. All of this leads to disease and sickness like a cold, the flu, or even cancer.

Most people get their antioxidants from their food. Their diet plays a huge role in giving their body what it needs to fight the oxidation process. A large majority of antioxidants are found in plants. What’s better is that the certified, natural, food-grade, non-GMO terpene products True Terpenes offers are sourced from plants all around the world. In this post, we share various studies showing terpenes as antioxidant agents. You can find terpenes for sale online now, or continue reading to learn more!

Five terpenes that act as antioxidant agents, according to studies

Eucalyptol

Aroma – Minty, camphor, spicy

Sources – Eucalyptus, camphor laurel, tea tree, bay leaves, mugwort, wormwood, mugwort, common sage, rosemary, or sweet basil

Studies:

  • 2012 BMB Reports – 1,8-cineole protected human lipoproteins from modification by oxidation and glycation and exhibited serum lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory activity in zebrafish.

Myrcene

Aroma – Peppery, balsam, spicey

Sources – Bay tree, mango, ylang-ylang, myrcia, wild thyme, parsley, hops, houttuynia, verbena

Studies:

  • 1997 Toxicology Letters – In vitro inhibition of CYP2B1 monooxygenase by β-myrcene and other monoterpenoid compounds.

Terpinolene

Aroma – Fresh, lemon, piney, citrus, sweet, woody

Sources – Pine, fir, apple, lilac, cumin, tea tree,

Studies:

  • 2015 Cytotechnology – Genotoxic and oxidative damage potentials in human lymphocytes after exposure to terpinolene in vitro.
  • 2005 Phytomedicine – The monoterpene terpinolene from the oil of Pinus mugo L. in concert with alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene effectively prevents oxidation of LDL.

 

Alpha Bisabolol

Aroma – Nutty, fruity, coconut

Sources – German Chamomile, Myoporum Crassifolium

Studies:

  • 2005 Mutation Research – Evaluation of mutagenic and antimutagenic activities of α-bisabolol in the Salmonella/microsome assay.

Beta Caryophyllene

Aroma – Woody, dry, spicy, clove

Flavor – peppery, woody, spicy, camphoraceous, citrus

Sources – Cloves, Black Caraway, hops, basil, oregano, black pepper, West African Pepper, lavender, Cinnamomum, rosemary, malabathrum, Cananga odorata, copaiba oil

Studies:

  • 2013 British Journal of Nutrition – The antioxidant effect of β-caryophyllene protects rat liver from carbon tetrachloride-induced fibrosis by inhibiting hepatic stellate cell activation.

How do antioxidants keep us healthy?

Overall, antioxidants keep free radicals at bay, which reduces our chances of developing health issues over time. Also, different types of antioxidants help different parts of our bodies. For example, beta-carotene is considered to help with eye health; lycopene has been shown to help with prostate health; flavonoids are said to benefit our hearts. Finally, antioxidants help our immune system and assist in defending against free radicals. Antioxidants are one piece of the puzzle that keeps our bodies whole and functioning properly.

Shop terpenes for sale online today!

At True Terpenes, we only source the best natural plants from around the world. All of our terpene products are certified non-GMO, food-grade, organic, and natural. We also use steam-distillation to sustain potency. If you’re looking for a specific terpene isolate or strain, find it in our online store today!

 

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