Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to improve your mood or sleep? Are you having digestion problems? Are you looking for a natural aid in the prevention of breast cancer?
It may not seem like you can take on all of these health concerns at once, but some studies point to a natural way with Limonene, an amazing nutrient that you’ll find in essential oils.
What is Limonene?
Limonene is an amazing nutrient found in orange and lemon peels. It has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to be a superior nutrient to help with a variety of health problems.
Since it contains anti-inflammatory properties, it can assist bowel motility and digestive balance. It also contains several detox enzymes, helping to literally dissolve the fat sludge in your system as well as cholesterol gallstones. If you are looking to shed a few pounds, d-limonene can help with that as well as it has a mild appetite suppressant effect. Your mood and sleep can also be aided with limonene because it activates adenosine receptors on cells, essentially triggering the activity in our nervous systems that helps us stay alert, motivated, and positive. So taking essential oils with limonene can do the body wonders!
Limonene and Cancer
One of the most amazing abilities of d-limonene is its assistance in the prevention of cancer. Our cells contain NF-kappaB, a gene signaling system that responds to attacks on cells. Sometimes, cells have a ‘confused’ or inefficient NF-kappaB system, allowing cancer to essentially hijack the cell and forward the survival of cancer cells. Luckily, D-limonene is one of the nutrients that can help NF-kappaB regulate this problem and fortify healthy function. Although it is unknown how much limonene is needed in breast tissue to actually prevent breast cancer, “researchers at the University of Arizona have proven that even 500mg per day readily accumulates in white adipose tissue, indicating that breast tissue accumulation of d-Limonene is likely at doses typical from d-Limonene dietary supplements.”
Limonene Assists with:
- Improving Sleep
- Decreasing Anxiety
- Weight loss
- Reflux Indigestion
- Bowel motility
- Dissolve the “sludge” in your gall bladder
- Prevention of breast cancer
Essential Oils with Limonene:
- Grapefruit (92% D-Limonene)
- Wild Orange (90% D-Limonene
- Lemon (70% D-Limonene)
- Lime (65% D-Limonene)
- Bergamot (30% D-Limonene)
How Much Limonene You Should Take
If you already consume 1 – 2 servings of citrus per day, then you are getting around 15 – 40 mg of limonene. If you are also consuming the peels in some way this level may rise to 50 – 90 mg. However, using essential oils with limonene will easily help you reach the recommended dose.
For a healthy person, 1000 mg is the recommended daily amount to support your defense system. If you are looking to shed those extra pounds or need to help with the other health concerns that d-limonene assists with, then up to 3000 mg is the recommended dose.
High doses of Limonene are considered safe for human consumption, with no toxicity to the liver or kidneys.
How to Use the Essential Oils to Support Your Defense System
Limonene is rapidly and easily absorbed by the digestive tract, so ideally you can put a couple drops, depending on the desired daily dosage, into a glass of water. And since all of the essential oils with limonene that you can choose from are citrus-based, they will be flavorful to drink!