By: Gleason Center Editors, Dr. Daniel Gleason DC
Xenoestrogens are industrially made compounds such as PCB, BPA and Phthalates. These are widely used in foods, skin care products, and cleaning products, that have estrogenic effects to the living organisms although they differ chemically from the naturally occurring estrogenic substances internally produced by their endocrine system.
4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)
Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as a preservative)
Benzophenone (sunscreen lotions)
Bisphenol A (monomer for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin; antioxidant in plasticizers)
DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)
Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (flame retardants used in plastics, foams, building materials, electronics, furnishings, motor vehicles).
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Erythrosine / FD&C Red No. 3
Phenosulfothiazine (a red dye)
Butylated hydroxyanisole / BHA (food preservative)
Pentachlorophenol (general biocide and wood preservative)
Polychlorinated biphenyls / PCBs (in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints)
Atrazine (weed killer)
DDT (insecticide, banned)
Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (one of the breakdown products of DDT)
Lindane / hexachlorocyclohexane (insecticide, used to treat lice and scabies)
Nonylphenol and derivatives (industrial surfactants; emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization; laboratory detergents; pesticides)
In Other Products:
Chlorine and chlorine by-products
Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill)
Metalloestrogens (a class of inorganic xenoestrogens)
Alkylphenol (surfactant used in cleaning detergents)
*List adapted from: https://womeninbalance.org/2012/10/26/xenoestrogens-what-are-they-how-to-avoid-them/
WAYS TO AVOID XENOESTROGENS
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