Microplastics in Human Blood

♢Are Microplastics In Blood as Bad as They Sound?


  Millions of microplastics are dumped all over the world. Recent research shows that microplastics found in the food consumed and sold from grocery stores are not only getting into peoples’ digestive systems, but also their bloodstream and may lead to clogged organs. 

   Scientists have found tiny particles of these plastics in 80% of the people that have tested. The amount and type of microplastics found in peoples’ blood have varied. 

   There is not much information about this new discovery; however, many scientists and researchers are worried the microplastics can damage cells that would not be repairable. One thing known for sure is that small children and women are most vulnerable. 

   People all around the world are wondering “How much damage can these particles do? Are they transported throughout the body? Do they attack certain organs?” 

   Newer research from the Dutch National Organization for Health Research and Development partnered with the Common Seas to reduce Plastic Pollution which has stated that plastic production is set to double by 2040.

   A more recent study found that microplastics can latch onto the outer membranes of red blood cells and might even limit them to transport the necessary oxygen. 

   Most people think that the only way microplastics can be consumed is through meat; however, they are also found in the water we drink, carrots, lettuce, pears, and apples with an average of 195,500 plastic particles per gram.

  Although very little research has been found out about these small pieces of plastic, we are looking forward to future research.

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