Nanoplastics – Effects on Human Intestinal Microbiome Studied

According to a December 21, 2020 news release researchers with the Spain Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and others “… nanoplastics affect the composition and diversity of our intestinal microbiome and that this can cause damage to our health … the study alerts that stress to the gut microbiome could alter the health of humans … The study presents the main environmental sources through which nanoplastics enter the human body … up to 90% of the plastic fragments that reach the intestine are excreted.

However, one part is fragmented into nanoplastics which are capable, due to their small size and molecular properties, to penetrate the cells and cause harmful effects. The study establishes that alterations in food absorption have been described, as well as inflammatory reactions in the intestinal walls, changes in the composition and functioning of the gut microbiome, effects on the body’s metabolism and ability to produce, and lastly, alterations in immune responses. The article alerts about the possibility of a long-term exposure to plastic …” #NanoPlastics #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic