We are excited to announce that we made available our product, BHT Forte in MCT oil. Made in Germany, 100% vegan, non GMO and gluten and lactose free. One can is made up of 90 capsules with 300mg BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and 200mg MCT oil. We decided to use HPMC capsules (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose) instead of gelatin because of its vegetarian source.
One of the interesting properties of HPMC capsules is their ability to be filled with liquids. This enables us to offer the product without additives normally found in traditional powder-based oral solid dosage forms. HPMC capsules are free from plasticizers and have a low moisture content, they do not crosslink and do not react with ANIs (active nutraceutical ingredient).
BHT is involved in countless research studies for its possible antiviral and antioxidant properties, and possible reduction of viral load. Among others:
“The Antiviral Effectiveness of Butylated Hydroxytoluene on Herpes Cutaneous Infections in Hairless Mice” by Alec D. Keith et al. First Published June 1, 1982, research article:
Hairless mice, cutaneously infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), were treated topically with butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). The effectiveness of BHT in shortening the duration of infections was assayed under three conditions. Under all three conditions, BHT was found to be effective in reducing the clearance time of HSV-1 cutaneous lesions when applied topically to the infected area.
“Butylated hydroxytoluene, lipid-enveloped viruses, and AIDS” by E Reimund, Med Hypotheses. 1987 May, research article:
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a potent inactivator of lipid-enveloped viruses. The viral envelope structure is physically disturbed by BHT, thereby interfering with viral adsorption to host cells. Since the virus responsible for AIDS (HTLV III) contains a lipid envelope, BHT warrants investigation as a potential antiviral agent against the AIDS virus.
Masters Theses & Specialist Projects, Western Kentucky University “The Effect of Orally Administered Butylated Hydroxytoluene on Herpes Simplex Keratitis” by Donald Carson, November 1983:
This study investigates the effect of orally administered BHT on primary infections of Herpes simplex virus (HSV) using rabbit corneas as the assay system. Rabbits receiving BHT in their diet consistently experienced lower levels of infection. The interpretation of this data is that orally administered BHT can be an effective inhibitor of primary infections by HSV in rabbits.
The BHT Book
BHT is also mentioned in literature, The BHT Book - A practical guide to resolve viral diseaase by Steven Wm. Fowkes, 2020. This book is available free for download. See p 14:
In test-tube experiments, scientists have identified two specific ways in which BHT inactivates lipidcontaining viruses. First, it disrupts the relationship between the virus’s lipid envelope and its protein shell, stripping the virus and making it vulnerable to attack by the immune system. Second, it removes binding proteins that viruses need to bind to and penetrate cell membranes. Without these binding proteins, viruses are non-infective.
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Standard vaccination approaches for lipid-viral diseases become difficult-to-impossible because they are based on the immune system’s response to proteins. Lipid viruses have much less exposed proteins. Lipidenveloped viral diseases are among the most difficult diseases to treat. Current drugs have only marginal benefits.
Currently identified lipid viruses include all herpes strains, Epstein-Barr virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, all strains), cytomegalovirus (CMV), hepatitis virus (B and C), rubella virus (German measles), varicella virus (chicken pox), Newcastle disease virus, swine fever virus, coronavirus, SARS virus (a coronavirus), West Nile virus, ebola virus (and other hemorrhagic viruses), and influenza virus (all strains, including swine flu and bird flu viruses).
Natural Treatments for Genital Herpes, Cold Sores and Shingles
Another example in literature can be found in the book “Natural Treatments for Genital Herpes, Cold Sores and Shingles” By John W. Hill, November 2010, Chapter 14, pp 54 - 58. Available on Google books.
BHT has anti-viral properties and may also limit inflammation through its action as an anti-oxidant. BHT is a synthetic antioxidant and common food preservative, approved by the FDA for food, oils and fats. Over 25 years ago, a paper was published in the journal Science showing that BHT could inactivate herpes simplex and other lipid coated viruses in vitro (In lab dishes). This was followed by another paper published in Science showing that BHT could prevent chickens from dying of Newcastle disease. The herpes virus and the virus that causes Newcastle’s disease both have a lipid envelope. That is, the nucleic acid core of these viruses is coated with a fatty membrane. Viruses of this type require an intact lipid membrane in order to penetrate cell walls and infect living cells.
BHT appears to work against such viruses by disrupting their lipid membranes making them vulnerable to the immune system and imparting their ability to penetrate human cells. BHT also removes binding proteins that the virus uses to penetrate cell membranes. In addition, BHT acts as an antioxidant neutralizing free radicals that damage cell membranes and cause inflammation. It is believed that the destructive action of many pathogenic viruses involves the destructive action of free radicals on cellular membranes.
More recent studies have confirmed the anti-viral activity of BHT against many different human and animal viruses including CMV (cytomegalovirus), pseudo rabies, genital herpes, HIV and some strains of influenza. A few of the viruses that have a lipid envelope may be affected by BHT, include herpes simplex I, herpes simplex II, herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus, west Nile virus, HIV virus, influenza virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, avian flue influenza virus and the SARS virus. Remember that BHT has not been clinically tested and approved to treat these infections.
Based on these early scientific results, some individuals afflicted with herpes virus infections began experimenting on themselves with BHT. They used dosages in the 250 to 3000 mg per day range with the result that they experienced a reduction in herpes outbreaks.
For some, their eruptions remained suppressed for as long as they continued to take BHT daily. For others, they were able to eventually discontinue taking BHT with no recurrences. BHT is discussed inn Mann and Fowke’s book “Wipe out Herpes with BHT,” and Pearson and Shaw’s book “Life Extension.”
BHT Forte - Laboratory Examination
We contracted an independent laboratory AGROLAB LUFA GmbH for testing of the product to examine and verify the BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) content, the quality of the MCT oil, heavy metal content and a microbiological examination for germs.
With regard to the examined parameters as well as taking into account the measurement tolerances, processing processes and the currently valid limit values / recommended values, AGROLAB LUFA GmbH has classified the sampled goods “BHT Forte in MCT Öl” as marketable in Germany.
As Green Sparrow is committed to transparency, we are making available our independent lab test results and certificate below for download:
Independent BHT Reviews
See WebMD User Reviews For Butylated Hydroxytoluene (Bht) for independent judgements.