The most persistent chemists on earth have spent thousands of years creating the perfect compounds.
Who are these chemists? Plants!
Over the millennia, plants have refined their physiological structure to protect themselves from harmful insects and herbivores, while at the same time making themselves more appealing to insects and birds of pollination. When you break open a plant or fruit you are smelling their unique terpene profile. It’s not surprising that when studying these terpenes, scientists have discovered that they have amazing health benefits.
This quick email will highlight some of the amazing benefits of pinene, specifically alpha pinene. A-pinene is much more prevalent than B-pinene. Alpha pinene is responsible for the pine smell while beta pinene is responsible for the basil, parsley, dill, and hops.
Pinene is an amazing terpene! It is a natural inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase or AChE. It is an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial.
AChE breaks down ACh or acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter. People who have trouble with ADD, or ADHD are prescribed AChE inhibitors, or neurotransmitter stimulators like Ritalin or Adderall. Pinene is also great for short term memory and focus. Studies are being done on the effects of pinene and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, found that mice who were given oil high in pinene increased their memory by nearly 73%!
One government study on pinene’s anti-inflammatory properties was so promising that it is now in research to create a new drug to treat various inflammatory diseases.
Stay healthy, my friends!