Last Updated on August 4, 2020
D-limonene is a constituent found in citrus fruit. I think they call it monoterpene. It’s a particular type of chemical, a hydrocarbon, that’s found in the white pith, or in the peel, of oranges, in particular. D-limonene is a type of monoterpene.
My question is, why focus on eating a constituent of citrus when you could have the whole fruit?
When you take a constituent, especially a monoterpene, from a plant, and they make it in a large amount and put it in a pill, it’s going to create bloating and gas.
Many people get reflux from taking concentrated D-limonene. I’ve had reports of diarrhea, and constipation, and heartburn from taking stuff that’s supposed to make you feel better.
Of course, this isn’t just true for D-limonene. Many pharmaceutical medications worsen the problems they are supposed to cure.
Natural medicine is getting to the point where it’s becoming almost like pharmaceutical medicine. Some companies are taking chemicals that are present in the diet in tiny amounts and blowing them up into large amounts. At the same time, they’re disregarding all of the other complimentary miscellaneous substances that are provided by nature with that plant.
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When I make a supplement I try, and very carefully, not to do that. I try and make sure that I look at an active ingredient and then make sure that all of the other compounds are included. So having a single active molecule, on its own, can be problematic for people.
Can d-Limonene cause gas and diarrhea? Yes, it can. You need to be very careful with it. In my opinion, have a small amount of citrus, like lemon, lime, or grapefruit instead.
Grapefruit is incredibly healthy, but some medications don’t interact well with this fruit. Grapefruit contains a flavonoid called naringenin, which can impact the processing of drugs by the liver.
But for 99% of people, it’s going to be fine to have a piece of grapefruit.
I grow a variety of grapefruit called Pink Lady. It’s a beautiful small grapefruit and pink inside. Grapefruit is fantastic for the gut and for the gallbladder. It’s got d-Limonene in it, but it’s not just d-Limonene. Think about that. Don’t take d-Limonene, preferably, have a little piece of grapefruit, or lemon, or lime regularly, and you’ll be good to go.