Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a powerful antioxidant. Research in animals indicates BHT may inhibit some cancers and it has earned a reputation as a powerful life extension agent. Additionally, physicians have used this antioxidant in clinical practice as a highly effective means of alleviating the symptoms of herpes simplex virus and shingles. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence suggests BHT may benefit hepatitis A, B and C patients.
BHT has proved remarkably effective in inhibiting or inactivating many lipid-coated viruses, including herpes. In mice with herpes, lesions healed faster in animals treated with topical BHT than in controls. BHT added to the diets of rabbits reduced the severity and death rate from herpes eye infections. In a double-blind study of humans, 16 patients whose advanced herpes sores were treated with topical 15% BHT in mineral oil experienced a small but definite improvement compared to controls. In another report documented in Pearson and Shaw’s The Life Extension Companion, one physician treated 150 herpes patients with BHT. The majority of patients experienced a remission.
Because the herpes virus causes shingles, BHT also has successfully alleviated the symptoms associated with this condition. According to Steven Fowkes, author of Wipe Out Herpes With BHT, topical applications of 10% BHT in coconut oil can rapidly reduce pain and speed the healing of shingles skin lesions.
BHT has benefited other viral conditions as well, and inhibited or inactivated every lipid-coated virus against which it was tested. Fowkes recently reported that in Russian studies, BHT prevented the lipid-coated influenza virus from killing mice. Furthermore, BHT’s ability to inhibit lipid-coated viruses suggests it may offer some benefits to AIDS patients, since HIV is lipid-coated. Researchers have hypothesized that BHT removes the lipid shield on the virus, leaving the virus vulnerable to an antibody attack. Another possibility is that BHT removes a protein from the viral coating, which prevents the virus from latching on to a healthy cell.
BHT and Hepatitis
Initially, BHT was not recommended for hepatitis A, B and C sufferers, due to its purported liver toxicity. However, an array of anecdotal evidence suggests BHT may be effective in treating hepatitis A, B and C patients. Steven Fowkes reported on a hepatitis C patient who supplemented with BHT and high potency hypericin. Although the man had tested positive for hepatitis twice, after the BHT-hypericin treatment, the man’s third test came back negative. Subsequent tests also revealed no trace of hepatitis.
The Free Radical Theory of aging suggests that constant exposure to oxidative stress generated by ultraviolet light, cigarette smoke, and sources of ionizing radiation are responsible for much of the body’s decline. When mice are subjected to chronic low-dose, whole-body radiation, the changes that result are similar to those seen in aging. One group of researchers exposed mice to low-dose radiation and discovered that the changes that would normally occur were prevented by administration of BHT. This and other experiments suggest BHT may play an important role in life extension.
250 to 2,000 mg per day. Because BHT is fat-soluble, the capsules should be taken with fatty foods.
When BHT is taken in amounts higher than when used as a food preservative, alcohol should be avoided, as BHT prevents the breakdown of alcohol and will exacerbate and prolong the effects of alcohol.
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