Friday, March 27, 2009

Parabens can mimic estrogen

Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancer. They can be found in most beauty and some food products.

Do you use Parabens?

I found this article about parabens can mimic estrogen in and older magazine that I had laying around the house. Being a guy who tries to avoid estrogen at all cost unless its associated with two legs I had to find out more.

So upon doing a little research I couldn't believe how many hygine products my wife and I use that contain this chemical.

Paraben is a common name for a type of chemical so it may appear on labels as propyl-paraben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, or benzylparaben.

It is used as a preservative to give shelf live to some food, pharmaceutical, and hygiene products.

Parabens affect the body in a manner similar to estrogen, high concentrations of estrogen in a person can lead to lower muscle mass, higher body fat, and the dreaded gynecomastia for a guy and breast cancer for a woman.

Gynecomastia happens when there is an imbalance in the hormones testosterone and estrogen. See the mayo clinic for more info on gynecomastia.

And im sure you know what breast cancer is but if you want to know more or other preventive measures here is the link to breast

If you are now asking yourself why is this chemical in our products you are not alone.

According to the FDA it is safe to use products containing paradens to a certain limit, but how do you know what your daily intake is if its in so many products?

They are still conducting research on long-term exposure, isn’t that nice.

Personally I think it would be better if we were not the test subjects.

With the high rate of cancer why would you want to consume anything that could add to that chance?

Now they say that if ingested orally that it won’t mimic estrogen, to me I simply don’t think it’s worth the risk especially if cancer runs in your family.

Here are some food products know to contain parabens:

Salad dressings
Processed vegetables
Jams and jellies
Soft drinks and fruit juices
Baked goods and candy
Spiced sauces
Marinated fish products

Here are the Pharmaceutical and hygiene products:

Ear, eye and nose drops
Vaginal and rectal medications
Moisturizing lotions and creams
Antiperspirants and deodorants
Shampoos and conditioners
Soaps and toothpaste
Hair styling and skin care products

As you can see it is in a lot of every day products, how many do you use?

Want to know more read- Will you get cancer?

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