Triclosan, widely used in the manufacture of lipstick, toothpaste, creams, soaps and household products contribute to obstruct the processes by which muscles, including the heart, receive signals from the brain
Ingredient in cosmetics is endangering the health of your heart and muscles, according to researchers from the University of California.
Triclosan, widely used in the manufacture of lipstick, toothpaste, creams, soaps and household products contribute to obstruct the processes by which muscles, including the heart, receive signals from the brain.
Laboratory tests showed that there is a 25 per cent reduction in cardiac function within 20 minutes after a contact with the compound. There are strong evidences that triclosan can affect a person’s health, scientists warn.
Previous studies have established a link between triclosan and thyroid problems and fertility. In 2010, scientists from the University of Michigan found that triclosan used in antibacterial soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, clothes and toys, can trigger hormonal changes that cause serious diseases and developmental delays.
The new discovery provides strong evidence that the ingredient could harm human health and the environment, says the study leader Professor Isaac Passover.
If you are in a good overall health, a 10% decrease in the cardiac function will have no significant effect on your body, but may negatively affect in people with heart disease, states the expert.
Scientists believe that triclosan violates the influx of calcium ions that play a role in the transmission of electrical signals from the brain to the muscles. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It is assumed that triclosan can lead to resistance of microorganisms to antibiotics, which can be a risk factor for impaired health.
Under EU legislation, triclosan can be used in concentrations up to 0.3% in toothpaste and cosmetics.