Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics, toiletries, pharmaceuticals and even foods.
Parabens are a group of the alkyl esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid which include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, and benzylparaben.
You’ll be surprised to find a few of these under the ingredients on the labels of most products in your home. They are chemically produced in a laboratory using ethyl acetate-petroleum solvent along with alcohol and silica gel making them very inexpensive.
Parabens have been around a long time which explains why they are found in so many personal care products, foods, and drugs. Parabens are basically “plastic” and are often sprayed onto fruits and vegetables to decrease their spoilage time. Imagine how often people are exposed to parabens without even knowing it!
Parabens have been under extreme scrutiny in recent years by the health conscious based on latest research pointing to negative effects on the human body.
Parabens are present in:
- Shampoos, moisturizers
- Shaving gels
- Food additives
- Makeup (just to name a few).
Deodorants and antiperspirants are the leading sources of paraben absorption. Breast cancer is believed to be related to frequency and use of antiperspirants and deodorants containing certain parabens. Consider how close fatty breast tissue is to the armpit. Why? What are the parabens doing after they get absorbed?
In the health industry, we call these chemicals “endocrine disruptors”. In layman’s terms let’s just say they “mess up our hormones”. They bind onto estrogen receptors. As they try to act like estrogen, (mimic) they have an estrogenic effect, while reducing estrogen uptake by the cells. They reduce the function of an important enzyme called estrosulferase (what researchers call SULTS). Women with breast cancer or a high breast cancer risk should read labels on their body care products and never use a product line that uses parabens as a preservative. Parabens have actually been found in breast tissue of women with breast cancer.
What about young girls?
These same estrogen-mimicking parabens are alleged to be instrumental in the early onset of puberty in young girls.
What about women trying to get pregnant?
Parabens reduce the size of the ovaries and can cause DNA damage so therefore are being researched for their possible contribution to infertility.
What about men?
Parabens reduce sperm count and cause DNA damage to sperm which can contribute to infertility.
What about the babies?
The more a mother and father are exposed to parabens the greater chance their baby boy is going to be born with a horrifying birth defect called hypospadias, defined as malformation of the opening of the male genital. Poor baby! Hypospadias is a congenital birth defect, occurring in up to 4 out of every 1,000 boys and is on the rise. They are born with the urethral opening in the wrong place. Instead of at the tip of the penis it is farther back. Sometimes so far back that it requires surgery. Poor baby again!! Sometimes it also causes a curvature. Let’s do something about this. No more parabens!
What about food?
Go out of your way to buy organic fruit and vegetables. (I have to drive 20 minutes to find a Whole Foods grocery store!). Have you ever seen a waxy coating on red apples? Stay away. Parabens are found in and on some foods; however, stomach acid and the body’s ability to conjugate and change them (metabolize the parabens) is completely different than putting them onto the skin (no ability to metabolize). Parabens have been found to be readily absorbed by both the dermis (skin) and the digestive tract. Parabens can end up anywhere in the body by traveling through the bloodstream as indicated by them being found in breast tissue as well as in the urine.
Plasticizers on food to improve quality and stability
These facts should cause us to think and to ask some very important questions; what am I doing to be exposed to these chemicals and what am I doing to allow them access to my physical body? Some people think when they don’t take care of their own health that it is only affecting THEM. But this isn’t true because it affects their offspring, and THEIR offspring, and THEIR offspring, and so on.
Our goal at AMG Naturally is to inform people like YOU. We believe the more informed you are, the better decisions you will make especially when it comes to your health. AMG has the dedication to education. Therefore, we must begin by reading the ingredient labels on not only our foods but also on every lotion, serum, shampoo we use; anything we rub on us from head to toe.
AMG Naturally products use a proprietary stabilization system involving organic moringa oil and powerful compounds found in lemons, there are no parabens found in any of our products.
What is the shelf life of AMG products?
24 months unopened (why aren’t you opening it?)
12 months opened (why aren’t you using it?)
AMG Naturally keeps its commitment to being synthetic chemical-free, artificial preservative-free, and all-natural. They are “Medical Grade” products trusted and prescribed by healthcare practitioners around the entire United States...because they work. You, the consumer, deserve no less, and we plan to keep our commitment. So, get ready for the best product on the market--- AMG Naturally!