Limonene is a phytonutrient found in citrus fruits that encourages the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes including glutathione.

Studies suggest that D-limonene alters the cellular signaling pathways inside cancer cells, causing apoptosis–or cell suicide. In animal studies, D-limonene has been shown to slow the growth of pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers.

Limonene - Found in:

Lemon, Limes,
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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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