What are Terpenes, they are also called Terpenoids or Phytochemicals.
Terpenes are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants, its the extremely small amount of fragrance you find in any plant and tree and fruits.
Some Essential oils are a mixture of several Terpenes but when referred to as Terpenes these are refined and extracted differently.
Phytochemicals or Terpenes are non-nutritive plant chemicals that have powerful protective or disease preventive properties.
It is well-known that plant produce these chemicals to protect themselves but recent research demonstrate that they can also protect humans against diseases.
What do Terpenes Do?
In essence, Terpenes are the compounds that give fruits, vegetables, and grains flavor, color, and odor.
Study after study has shown that the total consumption of phytochemicals is linked with protection – i.e. a reduced risk of – many chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and Autism.
A lot of research has been to determine just how that happens and while it is ongoing, there are some very encouraging results.
How do Terpenes work?
There are many many Terpenes and each one work differently.
Here are some actions:
- Antioxidant – Most phytochemicals have antioxidant activity and protect our cells against oxidative damage and reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Phytochemicals with antioxidant activity: allyl sulfides (onions, leeks, garlic), carotenoids (fruits, carrots), flavonoids (fruits, vegetables), polyphenols (tea, grapes).
- Hormonal action – Isoflavones, found in soy, imitate human estrogens and help to reduce menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis.
- Stimulation of enzymes – Indoles, which are found in cabbages, stimulate enzymes that make the estrogen less effective and could reduce the risk for breast cancer. Other phytochemicals, which interfere with enzymes, are protease inhibitors (soy and beans), terpenes (citrus fruits and cherries).
- Interference with DNA replication – Saponins found in beans interfere with the replication of cell DNA, thereby preventing the multiplication of cancer cells. Capsaicin, found in hot peppers, protects DNA from carcinogens.
- Anti-bacterial effect – The phytochemical allicin from garlic has anti-bacterial properties.
- Physical action – Some phytochemicals bind physically to cell walls thereby preventing the adhesion of pathogens to human cell walls. Proanthocyanidins are responsible for the anti-adhesion properties of cranberry. Consumption of cranberries will reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and will improve dental health.
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- Prevent substances from becoming carcinogenic in the body;
- Reduce inflammation;
- Prevent oxidative damage to the DNA of cells, and the ability of cells to repair themselves;
- Help to regulate hormones;
- Among many other benefits.
How do we get enough Terpenes?
Take them in small amount. 10 drops as supplements in capsules every day for general health and prevention.
Take them in larger doses 20 drops if you have a specific health problem.
Terpenes are HIGHLY concentrated steam distilled plant extracts 98% pure so they need to be taken in capsules.
Dietary Terpenes or phytochemicals have been reported to demonstrate many interesting biological activities, including induction of epigenetic changes and cancer prevention.
Terpenes has also been proven to work as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
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