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Parabens are a class of chemicals used as an inexpensive preservative in cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals. The use in personal care products is widespread and can be found in shampoos, laundry detergents and deodorants. Methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben and ethylparaben are commonly used paraben compounds that are found in tens of thousands products in America. Essentially, if you see any combination of words that contains “paraben,” you can be confident that you should be concerned about the potential negative effects of the product.
Manufacturers may be able to save some expense in the manufacture of their product at the costs to consumer health. Parabens also act as hormone disruptors and possess estrogenic activity. Researchers found that 14 of 17 parabens stimulate human estrogen receptors and that heptylparaben and pentylparaben exhibited the most potent estrogen (alpha and beta) agonist activity.
Nearly a decade ago, researchers found intact parabens accumulating in human breast tissue. A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology looked more closely at the levels and effects of parabens in human breast cancer cells. They found that parabens are present in human breast tissue at levels sufficient to increase the growth of breast cancer cells.
Read labels when you buy products and avoid products that contain ingredient names with the “paraben” in the name. Try to switch to organic products to keep good health.
Tag: Parabens, preservative, personal care products, methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, estrogen, human breast tissue, breast cancer.