As one who tries to avoid processed food, for many reasons, I’ve had to re-evaluate at least one of the compounds that is in many processed foods – Food preservatives. As we’ve been told food preservatives extend shelf life and has long been on my list of things to avoid. The compound I’ve learned that has benefits in other areas that has the potential to solve some major problems is BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene), also known as dibutylhydroxytoluene.
BHT is actually an FDA approved food additive as a preservative and also BHT is also used as an antioxidant in products such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Other Noted uses include the following:
- Electrical transformer oil (at 0.35%)
- Fuel additive AO-29
- Hydraulic fluids
- Turbine and gear oils
- Jet fuels
As you can see BHT has a wide span of utility, from food to pharmaceuticals, to cosmetics, to Industrial uses. That’s the conventional side. There is also an unconventional use side of BHT that some have reported as almost magical in the results received.
When it comes to viruses, typically antibiotics are used. There are two major categories of viruses as it relates to this discussion –
- non protected viruses – viruses with no lipid membrane coating
- viruses with a lipid coating – A membrane layer of protection
Many antibiotics are ineffective against certain viruses that have a lipid coating. To list viruses that contain lipid coatings that BHT may be useful against are as follows:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Epstein Barr Virus
- Cold Sores
- West Nile
- Avian Flu
As we have seen there are a number substances that have been shown to be effective against illness and disease that are outside the approval of the FDA, such as
- Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
- 100% Spirits of Turpentine
- Bee Pollen
I could go on but i’m sure you get the point.
So the inevitable question has to do with the safety of this compound, since it has such a wide use. So my answer for this or anything ingested to remedy a medical condition is “the dose makes the poison.” Let’s remember, BHT is FDA approved in food, so obviously very low doses are not considered dangerous. There are other precautions that should be noted when considering the usage of BHT:
- alcoholic beverages – (Alcohol consumption should be avoided)
- medications – Although BHT is used in some medications, there might be conflicts with others. Personally, I would not consume any compounds with BHT that I didn’t include as part of the remedy.
- compromised liver function – Do not even consider using BHT unless your doctor can verify that you don’t have any liver disfunction.
- blood clotting disorders – Do not use if you have blood clotting issues
- blood thinners – Do not use BHT along with blood thinners
At this point it is necessary to say – seek the advice of your doctor or other medical professional. Realistically though, since we’re talking about the use of a substance in a way that falls outside the FDA approved conventional space, it’s doubtful that any physician would touch the subject, let alone advise you of any action except don’t use it. The probable reason you are even considering it in the first place is because you’ve not gotten the relief you seek inside the conventional medical space. So it becomes a personal decision. We are just informing you of the positive outcomes others have enjoyed.
By the way, if you decide to try BHT, make sure it’s food grade (powder is preferable).