The Danger of Paraben Preservative


What chemicals are unknowingly inside you?

In a recent study, researchers checked children’s blood levels after the use of personal care products with the preservative probyl paraben in them.  Not surprisingly, levels of the paraben were found in their blood work.  However, the real question is, what happens when paraben gets inside your body?

Upon a closer look, the scientists found a link between the paraben levels and kids with allergies.  The study reported that “children with the highest levels of the preservative propyl paraben had more than twice the risk of environmental allergies as those with the lowest levels.”  The results do not prove the preservative causes allergies; however, it does indicate that the chemical may negatively affect the immune system.

This study focused just on the ingestion of the preservative via personal care products like mouthwash and toothpaste. Unfortunately, though, this preservative is found in more than just personal care products.  It is also routinely used in food products to prevent fungi growth, so that packaged, convenience food lasts longer.

Now, imagine what the study would have found if it looked at the consumption of this preservative in food and its effect on the test subjects.  For instance, a study from earlier this year found paraben levels in tumors of all its breast cancer patients.

In short, parabens are linked with negative health effects, and more studies need to be done before one can undeniably say they are safe.  Until then, why risk consuming the preservative that is in question?  This further proves why we need to eat real food, free from chemicals and preservatives.

Real food is just that: food, with no strings attached.


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Tracey Stivala
Tracey Stivala3 years ago

great article. thank you!

Carol H.
Past Member 3 years ago

I knew this a very long long time ago because my husband used to get breakouts from his soap so he is now using the soap from Shaklee Products and all of breakouts are no longer.

Miranda Parkinson

Shoo! We have to be so careful with the products we use. Good to know these things as we trust that there are things in place to protect us, but it's so obvious now that we have to be our own protectors.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

Thanks for the post.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

could this be an explanation for a contributing factor in the increased asthma cases too?

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Sara B.
Sara B.3 years ago

most major commercial companies only care about profits and not the people that they're selling their products too. we need to outsmart them, and one good way is to boycott those companies and take our money elsewhere.

Tammy Andrews
Tammy Andrews3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information.

Lucie G.
Lucie G.3 years ago

I never knew about this. Why are they putting in the products if it is not good for us. These manufacturers only seem to care about themselves.