BHT Occurs Naturally in a Medicinal Plant

Nature has spoken and it is starting to become quite clear that the multi-beneficial “synthetic” antioxidant natural butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is made naturally by phytoplankton, key factors of oceans, seas and freshwater basin ecosystems. Phytoplankton are generally regarded as innocent and health promoting. After all, they are eaten by krill (a type of shrimp), which in turn provide dinner for baleen whales.

Now, there is even more knowledge about natural BHT with a new study showing that BHT is also made naturally in a medicinal plant, the hairy broom (Cytisus triflorus). In time, the barriers against using BHT in human studies for its antiviral use will fall.

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