Scientists have already found microplastics in the food we eat, the water we drink, and even in the air. But, new researchers have discovered microplastics in human bloodstreams.
According to the research conducted in Denmark on 22 healthy people, the bloodstreams of 17 individuals had a quantifiable amount of microplastics in them, as reported by ABC News.
Juan Gracia, Associate Professor of Immunology at the Vrije University of Amsterdam, says that it is not clear whether the presence of microplastic in the bloodstream is a health issue or not, but the scientists are looking for more data on this.
According to the National Ocean Service, microplastics are pieces of plastic that are smaller than 5mm and can not seen by naked eyes. Experts suggest that plastic packed food, drinks, garbage bags, and other plastic products break down quickly. They get mixed with the food and drinks that we consume and enter our bodies.
Plastic is one of the biggest issues that we face today. States like Boston and Chicago have already banned the use of single-use plastic. Other states like New Jersey are also planning to completely ban certain types of plastic.
The Department of Energy and Environment found that most businesses are now reducing their plastic use. Recently, many big brands pledged to completely ban the use of plastic in their companies, citing health issues.
According to scientists, the presence of microplastic in the blood is an alarming issue. But there are no pieces of evidence yet to claim that their presence indicates any health issues. Researchers say more studies are required to find what it means to human health, ABC News reports.
We use plastic in a wide variety of products. For a more convenient life, we are over-dependent on plastic products. We even start our days by using plastic in the form of a toothbrush. Looking at the health implications, we must resist using plastic as much as possible. The least we can do is avoid using single-use plastic.