A clear, odorless elixir derived from soybean, coconut, or palm oils—Vegetable Glycerin (VG). It's the unsung hero in MONQ Original diffusers and Blend PODs, constituting a whopping 80% of the essential oil blend. But what makes VG so enchanting?
The Versatile Virtues of Vegetable Glycerin
VG, with its multiple hydroxyl groups, dances effortlessly in water. A colorless, taste-bud-friendly liquid, VG is a chameleon—seamlessly fitting into various industries, from the culinary arts to personal care.
The Metamorphosis of VG
When VG enters your system, it undergoes a transformation, converting into glyceraldehyde 3-phosphatase before kicking off glycolysis. Glycerol kinase, the enzyme responsible, takes the stage primarily in the liver and kidneys, with notable supporting roles in muscles and the brain.
Navigating the Aromatic Waters
Fasten your seatbelts as we explore the aromatic symphony of VG! While FDA-approved as a food ingredient, the spotlight shifts to the safety of blending VG with aromatic compounds in aromatherapy.
Studies reveal that VG, sans harmful companions like nicotine and propylene glycol (PG), doesn't play spoilsport with pulmonary health. Unlike PG, which can join forces with synthetic aldehydes in e-cigarettes, VG keeps its hands clean. A 2017 study even showed that when the heat was on, VG didn't produce detectable amounts of toxins.
The Balancing Act: VG in Aromatherapy
In a nebulizer-inspired dance with mice, VG exhibited no negative effects, while a blend with nicotine took an undesirable turn, mimicking symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Another study reassures us that PG, VG, or their combo won't mess with phagocytosis—the body's cleanup crew. And in a Food and Chemical Toxicology revelation, VG/PG mixtures without nicotine proved to be pure as a summer breeze—no biological effects, no toxicity.
Closing Act: VG Unveiled
The crescendo builds as recent studies echo a harmonious refrain: VG shines when solo, only faltering when partnered with nicotine, tobacco, or vitamin E acetate. MONQ's secret weapon? Pharmaceutical-grade organic vegetable glycerin and pure, organic essential oils. The pièce de résistance? Temperature-controlled diffusers preserving the healing essence of essential oils. So, breathe easy, savor the aromatic symphony, and let the science sing the praises of these enchanting ingredients.