BHT, or Butylated Hydroxytoluene is an FDA-approved food additive. It has been found to be an effective natural treatment for a number of viral conditions including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, the Epstein Barr virus, the herpes virus and cold sores.
While it may seem odd to use a preservative chemical to treat a virus, certainly many chemicals have multiple uses. Over 4 decades ago, Science Magazine reported that BHT inactivates some lipid coated viruses. 1
BHT has also been documented as a topical remedy for some lipid coated viruses, like herpes. 2
What is a Lipid Coated Virus?
Lipid coated viruses are viruses with a membrane around them. This membrane protects the virus. Breaking down that membrane with BHT or another remedy disables the virus.
Some viruses which BHT may be of use for include the following:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Epstein Barr Virus
- Cold Sores
Does BHT Cause Cancer?
BHT is sometimes accused of being a cancer causing chemical. Upon further investigation, studies that implicate BHT as carcinogenic involve giving large amounts of BHT (much larger than one would use therapeutically) to rats. Indeed, “the dose makes the poison.” Salt is necessary for life, but too much of it can cause death.
Some may be concerned because BHT is man-made. Not everything that is man made is dangerous. Indeed, plenty of “natural” substances can be highly toxic.
While the human body does not produce BHT, some forms of life do, like phytoplankton.
BHT is an antioxidant. Antioxidants like berries are beans are thought to protect cells from free radicals. Free radicals may contribute to cancer.
In fact, the Food and Chemical Toxicology concludes that BHT does not pose a cancer risk and may actually be anticarcinogenic at the levels currently used as a food additive. 3
How to Take BHT for Viruses
BHT is not currently approved for use as a supplement. However, this has not stopped individuals for using it as such anyway and finding reward for their innovation.
- BHT is taken on an empty stomach.
- 250 mg or less is used for those who weigh 125 or less.
- Up to 500 mg per day is used by those who weigh up to 200 pounds.
- The elderly will likely need less.
- Those with low body fat will need much less BHT.
- Lower doses may be effective as well, but results may come along more slowly.
- If BHT on an empty stomach is disagreeable to the system, taking it with a small amount of food may work as well.
What Supplements and Medication are Compatible with BHT Treatment?
While you are taking BHT you should continue your regular medications, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
Some supplements are useful when using BHT including:
- Vitamin C (up to 1,000 mg)
- A multivitamin
- B Complex
- Chanca Piedra Herb
What Supplements are Incompatible with BHT Treatment?
BHT is best used as a stand alone treatment, apart from the above mentioned supplements. While there are many herbs and supplements that are commonly recommended for the diseases that BHT is often used for, they should not be used in combination with BHT.
When using herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, and turmeric to treat hepatitis or other viruses, do not use BHT.
High doses of vitamin supplements are not recommended when using BHT to fight a virus. When utilizing high dose vitamin C therapy or high doses of other vitamins, don’t use BHT.
Grapefruit juice, colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide and MSM are also contraindicated when you are taking BHT.
Which BHT Should I Buy?
Unfortunately and perhaps mysteriously, at least one of the quality BHT supplements that used to be sold online is no longer available. It is important to get a BHT supplement that contains only BHT and the gelatin or cellulose that makes up the capsule. If a pure BHT supplement cannot be found, it may be prudent to purchase BHT powder and empty gelatin capsules and make your own BHT supplement.
Side Effects of BHT
BHT may cause hyperactivity in children. BHT can also cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and dizziness. To reduce the risk of side effects, start with a smaller amount and increase your doses slowly if that is necessary.
BHT and alcoholic beverages do not mix. Do not drink alcohol while you are using BHT therapy.
People with compromised liver function should have their liver enzymes monitored by their doctor when using BHT.
BHT can affect blood clotting. Those with blood clotting disorders or who take blood thinners should only use BHT with medical supervision.
BHT may interfere with some medications.
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