Cancer-Preventing Properties of Essential Oil Monoterpenes D-Limonene and Perillyl Alcohol

Limonene Content of Selected Essential Oils
Essential
Oil
% Limonene
Grapefruit 95.12
Tangerine 94.62
Orange 91.40
Mandarine 72.36
Lemon 65.44
Elemi 50.50
Lime 49.01
Bergamot 40.39
Ledum 23.34
Dill 21.26
Black Pepper 17.42
Frankincense 16.40
Fir 15.80
Neroli 15.64
Spearmint 15.16
Myrtle 10.54
Pine 10.25

Cancer-Preventing Properties of Essential Oil Monoterpenes D-Limonene and Perillyl Alcohol

Cancer prevention, inhibition, and regression are the most note worthy attributes of the MTs. D-limonene (DL) and perillyl alcohol (POH) have been shown to be chemopreventive against mammary,[2] liver, lung, UV-induced skin cancer[3] and chemotherapeutic against both experimental mammary and pancreatic tumours. Perillyl alcohol stands out as effective against human pancreatic cancer,[4] colon, liver[5] to reduce vein graft intimal hyperplasia,[6] as chemopreventive against colon carcinogenesis, prostate and lung cancer.[7] These are discussed below in the context of the clinical data.

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by Mark Brudnak, Ph.D. ND(more info)

originally published in issue 53 – June 2000