Benzaldehyde is used as the flavoring agent in imitation almond extract. It's the primary component of bitter almond oil.

Use in Oilahuasca

Several anecdotal reports indicate that benzaldehyde helps activate several allylbenzenes when used as an Oilahuasca admixture. It's mode of action is currently unknown.

Effects on Enzymes

Benzaldehyde is a potent inhibitor of CYP2A6 in vitro[1], a moderate inhibitor of Xanthine Oxidase and a weak inhibitor Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (ALDH). These claims have not been verified in humans.

Chemical Properties

PubChem Compound ID: 240
Molecular Weight: 106.12194 [g/mol]
Molecular Formula: C7H6O
XLogP3: 1.5
H-Bond Donor: 0
H-Bond Acceptor: 1
IUPAC Name: benzaldehyde
InChI: InChI=1S/C7H6O/c8-6-7-4-2-1-3-5-7/h1-6H
Canonical SMILES: C1=CC=C(C=C1)C=O

See Also

1. More potent inhibition of human CYP2A6 than mouse CYP2A5 enzyme activities by derivatives of phenylethylamine and benzaldehyde.
Rahnasto M, Raunio H, Poso A, Juvonen RO. PMID: 12746108
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