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What Are Nanoplastics & How Are They Getting Into Our Bodies?

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What Are Nanoplastics & How Are They Getting Into Our Bodies?

Think about how many pieces of plastic you come across in a single day. Plastic water bottles, plastic at the supermarket, plastic utensils from take out, plastic packaging, the list goes on and on. Researchers are investigating the implications of ingesting microscopic pieces of plastic through food, beverages, and air. They found that these tiny pieces of plastic “could enter liver and lung cells and disrupt their regular processes, potentially causing adverse health outcomes.” They also found that particles less than 100nm wide have the capacity to “enter animals’ blood and organs, causing inflammation, toxicity and neurological changes.” As nanoplastics entered the liver and lungs, “they produced more reactive oxygen species and different amounts of nucleotides, nucleosides, amino acids, peptides and carboxylic acids, indicating that multiple metabolic processes were disturbed.” 

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