Reduce Your Exposure to Benzopyrene’s As Much As Possible, Then Prevent Their Damage with Certain Natural Substances


A benzopyrene is an organic compound with the formula C20H12  that belongs to the chemical class of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

There are two isomeric species of benzopyrene:

  • benzo[a]pyrene  (more common)
  • benzo[e]pyrene  (less common)

Benzopyrene is a component of pitch and are naturally found in forest fires and volcanic eruptions.   More commonly benzopyrene is found in:

  • coal tar
  • cigarette smoke
  • wood smoke
  • coffee (burnt or roasted foods)
  • grilled foods  1  

The consumption, ingestion and inhalation of benzopyrene’s can be harmful to health.  They form carcinogenic and mutagenic metabolites that damage DNA. Benzopyrene’s bind to DNA, which causes severe genetic mutation and cancerous.

Benzopyrene’s can be so damaging to health that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified them as Group I carcinogens.  To be listed as a Group I carcinogen, there is enough evidence to conclude that the chemical compound can cause cancer in humans.

The more commonly occurring benzopyrene is benzo[a]pyrene (BaP).  BaP’s can be found in:

    • coal tar
    • wood smoke
    • automobile exhaust fumes (especially from diesel engines)
    • charbroiled (grilled) food
    • smoked foods
    • barbecued food, especially beef, chicken with skin, and hamburgers
    • overheating or frying of dietary oils (unsaturated fats)
    • cigarette smoke
    • Cannabis smoke (marijuana)

In fact BaP can be found in the smoke form the burning of any organic material.

Certain cooking methods can cause the production of BaP:

  • barbequing
  • frying
  • smoking of foods

Evidence suggests that BaP is linked to the following cancers:

  • Lung  2
  • Colon  3  4 
  • Liver  5
  • Kidney   6

The solution to the problems with benzopyrene’s is a two-pronged approach:

  • Minimize and lessen your exposure to benzopyrene’s as much as possible
  • Consume natural substances that counter benzopyrene’s carcinogenic effects

Prong 1 – Minimize and lessen your exposure to benzopyrenes as much as possible

Try to avoid as much as possible smoke form all sources, including burning wood, cigarette and second hand cigarette smoke as well as marijuana smoke.  If you want or have to consume Cannabis, it is better to eat it raw rather than smoke it. 

Try as much as possible to avoid automobile exhaust fumes, even though this is difficult in urban areas. 

Finally, avoid all meats that are barbequed, grilled or fried.  Do not eat any food that is fried or deep fried in oil (unsaturated fats).  If you are going to fry food, it is better to fry with butter, ghee, or coconut oil, all of which are saturated fats.

Prong 2 – Consume natural substances that counter benzopyrene’s carcinogenic effects

There are a number of recognized and studied natural substances that have shown to counter the carcinogenic effects of benzopyrene by:

  • inhibition of benzopyrene-induced tumorigenesis
  • reducing benzopyrene-DNA adduct formation
  • preventing the conversion of benzopyrene to carcinogens
  • assist in detoxification of benzopyrene by Phase I and Phase II

The most effective natural substances that counter the carcinogenic effects of benzopyrene are:

  • Black Cumin  7 
  • Blueberries  8 
  • Chlorophyllin   9 
  • D-Glucaric Acid (Calcium-D-glucarate)   10 
  • Kombu seaweed  11 
  • Korean Ginseng  12
  • Parsley  13 
  • Quercetin  14 
  • Raspberries  15 
  • Strawberries  16 
  • Triphala  (Ayurvedic herbs formula)  17 
  • Vitamin C  18 
  • Vitamin E  19