Myrcene-What Are the Potential Health Benefits of This Flavouring and Aroma Agent?

Front Nutr. 2021 Jul 19;8:699666. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2021.699666. eCollection 2021.

Abstract

Myrcene (β-myrcene) is an abundant monoterpene which occurs as a major constituent in many plant species, including hops and cannabis. It is a popular flavouring and aroma agent (food additive) used in the manufacture of food and beverages. This review aims to report on the occurrence, biological and toxicological profile of β-myrcene. The main reported biological properties of β-myrcene-anxiolytic, antioxidant, anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties-are discussed, with the mechanisms of activity. Here we also discuss recent data regarding the safety of β-myrcene. Overall, β-myrcene has shown promising health benefits in many animal studies. However, studies conducted in humans is lacking. In the future, there is potential for the formulation and production of non-alcoholic beers, functional foods and drinks, and cannabis extracts (low in THC) rich in β-myrcene.

Keywords: biological activities; hop; myrcene; non-alcoholic beer; phytochemistry; plant biotechnology; toxicology.

Publication types

  • Review