Marios Dimopoulos Clinical Nutritionist, Author, Fellow of the American Council of the Applied Clinical Nutrition

Σάββατο, 3 Μαΐου 2014

Health Risks of Antiperspirants: Fact or Fiction?

                                               Health Risks of Antiperspirants: Fact or Fiction?
Researchers have long speculated that there’s a link between antiperspirants, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease because of the aluminum they contain. But do these health risks of antiperspirants really exist?
A 2008 review concluded that there was no scientific evidence indicating that using an antiperspirant causes breast cancer. Likewise, though research suggests there is an association between exposure to aluminum and Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association states that studies have “failed to confirm any role for aluminum” in causing the disease. But “failing to confirm” is not conclusive, and we know that aluminum is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream.
The bottom line: Nobody knows if antiperspirants contribute to cancer and Alzheimer’s. That’s why I encourage you to avoid these potential health risks of antiperspirants by erring on the side of caution and opting for deodorant instead.

Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant

There’s a difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. Antiperspirants plug the pores that release sweat. Deodorants simply inhibit bacteria that produce body odor as they break down sweat. Both products may also contain fragrances to mask odor.
Sweating is a natural process; clogging pores is not. If excessive perspiration is a real problem, nothing is as reliable as an aluminum-containing antiperspirant. But for most of us they’re overkill. Most deodorants—including popular commercial brands—are aluminum-free. If you want a more natural product, look in your health food store.
Now it’s your turn: Would you consider switching to deodorant due to the potential health risks of antiperspirants?

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