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E number E218
esterification is carried out with p-hydroxybenzoic acid in the presence of an alcohol (methanol)
What is methylparaben used for?
Methylparaben is used as a fragrance ingredient, preservative / antimicrobial and antifungal agent in cosmetics including creams, lotions, and underarm deodorants.
Are there any health concerns when using methylparaben?
Methylparaben is a possible endocrine disruptor and possibly has reproductive toxicity. Some research shows patients with breast tumors have a build up of Methylparabens in the breast tissue.
Warnings from regulatory agencies regarding methylparaben
- Whole Foods Market Unacceptable Ingredients
- Oestrogenic activity of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (common metabolite of paraben esters) and methylparaben in human breast cancer cell lines
- Parabens and Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Ligand Cross-Talk in Breast Cancer Cells
- Human Semen Quality, Sperm DNA Damage, and the Level of Reproductive Hormones in Relation to Urinary Concentrations of Parabens