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Oscar, I thought you might be interested in this study done with supplementing rats with both BHT and BHA, and absorbic acid and synthetic Vitamin E.
“ABSTRACT The purpose of this work was to determine the effects of two synthetic
antioxidants, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), dZ-o-tocopherol and ascorbic acid on the fatty liver and on the renal and cardiovascular systems of choline-deficient rats. Weanling and 6-week-old male rats were fed casein- peanut meal diets devoid of choline for 8 and 10 days, respectively. Survivors were fasted and then killed, and tissues collected for serum and liver lipid analyses and for morphologic assessment of tissue damage. Fatty liver, hemorrhagic kidneys and cardiovascular damage characteristic of choline deficiency were observed in deficient animals of both ages. However, BHA and BHT protected rats in both age groups from heart and aorta damage and also prevented renal damage in the 6-week-old group. Mortality was decreased by tocopherol, ascorbate and BHA and BHT, but most notably by the latter two. In weanling rats all additives increased serum lipids and all except ascorbate decreased liver lipids. In 6-week-old rats serum lipids varied, whereas liver lipids were increased by tocopherol and ascorbate and decreased by BHA and BHT. We conclude that tocopherol and BHA and BHT tend to decrease the effects of choline deficiency on the liver, renal and cardiovascular systems whereas ascorbate enhances them. Possible mechanisms for the various effects are discussed.”
Full abstract here: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/97/2/219.full.pdf
Dear Debbie from Melbourne, Thank you for posting this interesting study. Yes, it is long past the time when people need to be looking into the toxicity of BHT and start looking into the very substantial evidence that BHT is in fact good for you if taken in sensible dosages. There are very real reasons why those BHT dosed mice live on average between 22% and 31% longer than undosed mice and this study you posted is further evidence as to way this is so. I was not aware of that study and I do thank you for posting it.
I just popped a BHT capsule after reading that article. I am of an age where I am concerned about my heart and I also only have one kidney.
The heart and the kidneys are the organs discussed in this study and BHT is shown to significantly protect those organs from choline defficient damage. I do think this one of the benefits associated with the so called ” tert-butyl effect “. That is what is so very different about BHT and BHA also when compared to other anti-oxidants including vitamin E….Oscar
Hi Oscar, no worries. I have a question for you. I note that many people are saying their stools returned to normal color after taking the BHT. My son, who is 4 is having pale(ish) colored stools so he is obviously not digesting fats properly. I was wondering if you think it would be beneficial for him to be on some BHT? He is about 20 kgs. If you think it would be beneficial for him what dosage would I try him on?
… And this BHT just might be an excellent adjunct to the polyunsaturated fats becoming “peroxidised” by free radicals thus decreasing cell lifespan and increasing cancer risk. Again I refuse the “avoidance” stance and thereby loose the benefits of health oils like Evening Primrose, Borage, Flax, Hemp, Sun and Safflower. One can add the contents of x caps in x container of oil or simply take an oral dose 1x day to protect the healthy omega 3’s, 6’s as well as 9’s in the diet; and this also allows the body to eat protein rich (particularly)red meats at least once or twice per week without an inflammatory response (i can actually notice the rise in inflammation the day after eating a beef hamburger the night before). I wouldn’t attempt replacing Vit-E, A or the Carotenoids with BHT but I would try to find that perfect minimal daily dosage of each/all.
Dear timh, you are definitely entitled to your opinion and but unless you can relate to this topic of hep c , you are otherwise clueless! I have tried bht and it has helped me more than milk thistle and other supplements that I have taken for my liver. I had blood work done from 2 different places and my Labs came back normal liver function after taking bht for 1 month. This forum is utilized to communicate and receive knowledge and advice from our experiences to be able to help others. Your negativity is unwelcomed in our forum!!
Dear Debbie from Melbourne, Listen, I have no way of knowing what is causing your Son`s digestive problems. Has he been dignosed with one of the hepatitis viruses? I am NOT a doctor. How long has your Son been having trouble with his digestion? Such problems can be the result of many different conditions and need to be addressed or at least diagnosed by a real doctor. Very often young children do grow out of such conditions. There are so many childhood diseases or conditions and very often young children do grow out of them. He needs to be seen by a qualified pediatrician to get a valid diagnoses as to what is wrong with him if this condition persists….Oscar