A wide array of synthetic antioxidant preservatives is readily used in the food industry, but is subject to strict regulation due to known toxicity and the potential for unknown health effects. The search for better alternatives has led researchers to begin studying many essential oils due to their high antioxidant potential.
Attempting to further determine the safety of a common essential oil constituent, carvacrol, Turkish scientists applied carvacrol to human cells in vitro to determine its toxicity. The results of their research not only confirm the safety of carvacrol use, but also add to the evidence that essential oils are a powerful source of antioxidant molecules. To experience the antioxidant benefits of carvacrol, try Thyme or Oregano essential oils, both of which are particularly high in this constituent.*
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