Salud y Bienestar

These two chemical substances present in household products are very dangerous for our health, according to a study

Present in cleaners, two chemical compounds pose significant risks to our brains, according to a study.

In our food, in cosmetics or even in household products, the ingredients used are sometimes questionable. Indeed, even if all these products seem harmless, they can contain chemical substances dangerous to our health. Obviously, the products we use for household purposes are not spared, as a study recently showed by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. According to them, two substances present major dangers for our brain.

Two chemicals very dangerous for brain health

In their study published in the journal Nature Neuroscienceresearchers have claimed that two substances are highly dangerous to our health, as reported Femina Version. According to them, these ingredients are notably present in hair treatments, as well as in furniture sprays and disinfectants. They “could pose a threat to brain health and could be linked to neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and autism”.

Scientists then linked neurological disorders, which affect several million people around the world, with environmental factors which could be partly responsible. “Furthermore, most previous studies in this area have focused on a specific type of cell, namely neurons, which play a key role in neural information processing. But data are lacking regarding glial cells, or support cells, which provide various additional functions including cerebral metabolism.precise Femina Version.

What are the dangers of quaternary ammonium compounds and organosphore flame retardants?

As part of this study, researchers analyzed brain oligodendrocytes, “a specialized cell type that generates protective insulation around nerve cells”. According to Paul Tesar, one of the lead authors of this study, “loss of oligodendrocytes causes multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases”.

According to scientists, the “Specific chemicals present in consumer products can directly harm them, representing a previously unrecognized risk factor for neurological disease”. To arrive at this observation, they used oligodendrocytes isolated from mice and cultured human cells. They discovered that “292 of the chemicals tested were fatal and 47 others prevented their maturation”. Among these dangerous chemicals, they noted the particular dangerousness of quaternary ammonium compounds and organophosphate flame retardants.

household product

photo credit: Shutterstock

Thus, we find many of the former in disinfectants, surfactants, softeners or even in antistatic agents. As for organophosphate flame retardants, they are particularly present in electrical and electronic devices, in construction materials, as well as in furniture and textiles.

“Because quaternary ammonium compounds are present in many personal care products and disinfectants, which are used more frequently since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, humans are regularly exposed to these chemicals. And many electronics and furniture contain organophosphate flame retardants. We found that oligodendrocytes but not other brain cells are surprisingly vulnerable to it.”indicate the researchers.

Particularly dangerous chemicals with disastrous neurological consequences on children

Furthermore, according to researchers, these chemicals are particularly dangerous for children’s brains. “Children, particularly during their developmental stages, and people with certain pre-existing health conditions such as multiple sclerosis are likely to be most vulnerable. The developing brain is more likely to be damaged by exposure to chemicals because it is still forming connections. Additionally, for those who have underlying health conditions or genetic factors that make them prone to illness, these chemicals could worsen symptoms or even trigger new health problems.”explained Paul Tesar to the site Newsweek.

Although the researchers add that more research is needed on this subject, these initial findings should not be taken lightly. “Our results suggest that further examination of the impacts of these common household chemicals on brain health is needed. We hope our work will contribute to informed decisions regarding regulatory measures or behavioral interventions aimed at minimizing chemical exposure and protecting human health.”, adds Paul Tesar. Researchers also recommend opting as much as possible for natural and much less harmful household products, such as white vinegar, black soap or even baking soda.

  • For more: DC & People website and for social networking, you can follow us on Facebook
  • Source of information and images “pleinevie”

Related Articles

Back to top button

Discover more from DC & People

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading