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What are terpenes?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

The term "terpene" conjures up images of cleaning solvents. While it is true that naturally occurring terpenes are used as alternatives to synthetic terpenes in many natural cleaning products, the primary health benefits of terpenes revolve around some impressive anticancer effects, in both prevention and possibly treatment. Perillyl alcohol are the most widely tested terpenes. In animal studies, they have been shown to provide considerable benefits against a wide number of cancers. Both of these terpenes are being investigated in humans with advanced cancers; the preliminary results are encouraging.

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