01/8Here’s all you need to know about limonene

Here’s all you need to know about limonene

For centuries, man has been extracting limonene, a chemical found in citrus fruits. The peels of these fruits like oranges, lemons and limes are where you will find limonene. From health to household products, this ingredient has been found to have many benefits and uses. It has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as be a rich source of antioxidants. You'll find it in popular drinks and desserts. However, it is also used in cleaning and cosmetic products. Here's all you need to know about limonene's.


02/8Can decrease anxiety and insomnia

Can decrease anxiety and insomnia

Limonene happens to have properties that can work in reducing stress and anxiety which can also help people who suffer from insomnia. Plus, it helps in calming nerves and can also improve the quality of sleep.


03/8Can aid in weight loss

Can aid in weight loss

Since limonene contains properties that can act as mild appetite suppressants, it can also aid in weight loss. After taking limonene a person won't want to eat as much so naturally, they'll end up losing some weight.


04/8Provides relief from indigestion

Provides relief from indigestion

Tired of indigestion affecting your health? Let limonene come to the rescue. It has a gastric acid neutralizing effect and it helps the digestive system which is why it can provide relief from indigestion and heartburn.


05/8May have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits

May have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits

Chronic inflammation can do a lot of damage to your body and cause serious health issues. That is why reducing inflammation is crucial. Some researchers studying limonene have found it can significantly reduce inflammation. Some studies claim limonene can reduce inflammatory markers that are connected to osteoarthritis. Incorporating it into your diet can also help protect the body from free radical damage as it is loaded with antioxidants.


06/8May improve heart health

May improve heart health

Modern day lifestyles have caused many across the globe to suffer from heart disease. Tacking certain issues early that contribute to the health issue could be key to reducing your risk of developing the disease. Some studies have found limonene can be instrumenting in managing cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels. A study conducted on mice found when they were given 0.27 grams of limonene per pound of body weight, it helped reduce triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood sugar, as well as fat accumulation in the liver. However, researchers have yet to conduct human studies to determine if it can be used to treat these issues.


07/8May help treat cancer

May help treat cancer

One study found that participants that consumed citrus fruit peel, which is a big source of limonene, have a reduced risk of skin cancer. Another study that included 43 breast cancer patients found limonene reduced breast tumour cell expression by 22 per cent. Some animals tests have also found limonene could also fight other forms cancer.


08/8Effective dosages

Effective dosages

Researchers have yet to determine the right amount of limonene that is safe and effective that we should be consuming. However, you could add it to your diet by obtaining it from citrus fruits. Experts say two grams of limonene should be relatively safe to use. Even though there are capsule supplements available on the market, the best way to obtain it is through fresh fruits.