What is Glyphosate?
Being a systemic herbicide and crop desiccant, glyphosate is widely used to kill broadleaf plants and grasses. Some cultivators also use it to get rid of weed in their crops. It is an ingredient in Monsanto's popular weedkiller - Roundup.
Understanding Glyphosate and its negative health effects:
Glyphosate has known to have adverse health effects on the human body the consequences of which are yet under study. Certain studies also show that glyphosate can result in cancer when ingested in large amounts.
In 2017, the WHO’s International Agency for research on cancer [IARC] classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This decision wasn’t taken overnight and is a result of studying and reviewing research papers concerning glyphosate across decades from all over the world.
Though there are various differences in opinion, it still doesn’t rule out glyphosate as fit for consumption in humans. In addition to that, it is also said to be an endocrine disruptor and this can cause diseases of the endocrine system.
Your endocrine system is made up of 8 major glands (adrenals, hypothalamus, ovaries, parathyroid, pineal, pituitary and thyroid) and their function affects many things in your body, such as appetite, blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, growth and development, metabolism, mood, sexual function and the sleep/wake cycles.
The pancreas is also part of the endocrine system and also the digestive system.
Diseases/disorders of the endocrine system include:
- Adrenal Disorders
- Addison's disease
- Cushing's syndrome
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis
- Heart disease (this one surprised me)
- Graves' disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Reproductive issues
- Thyroid cancer
- Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
Various researches point towards the fact that glyphosate has been linked with liver disease, birth defects and reproductive problems in laboratory animals.
In fact, under extreme circumstances, it can work against healthy gut bacteria thereby disrupting the digestive system and metabolism. Not only that, but it is also known to damage the DNA in human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells.
Why it is important to choose dietary supplements that are free from herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals?
Chemicals like pesticides are used to increase the production of the food supply. The use of pesticides can work wonders in increasing crop production. Moreover, they ensure larger produce with a good quality result.
However, pesticides are also toxic chemicals designed to kill agricultural pests, and some can cause problems if they are consumed by humans in large amounts.
Choosing dietary supplements that are free from these herbicides, pesticides and chemicals is very important. These chemicals can have an adverse effect on one’s health if consumed. So, you should be careful when choosing a supplement and check to it that it is free from pesticides.
According to GMwatch, a new study has found Glyphosate-based herbicides to contain toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, chromium and nickel.
Why are heavy metals and chemicals hazardous to health?
Heavy metal toxicity has proven to be a major threat to both human and animal life. The most commonly found metals include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc.
One of the most highly widespread toxic metal is lead whose presence has resulted in absolute contamination of nature. It even culminates in health issues for both humans and animal life given its multiple health disadvantages.
There are many widespread negative effects of lead on human health and even a small amount when ingested can be highly toxic.
Heavy metals, when consumed in small amounts, are really needed by the body to maintain good health. However, they become hazardous when they exceed their permissible limit in your system. In addition to that, they may give rise to conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and muscular dystrophy.
Summing it up:
Some of the most practical and effective ways in which you can lower the intake of glyphosate, heavy metals, and pesticides are by checking food labels and keeping a close eye on what you consume. Most importantly (if you're not eating organic produce) is to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before they make their way to your plate.
Use a good quality natural vegetable wash such as this Australian brand 'Enviro Care Earth' veggie wash.
When ingested in small amounts, heavy metals might not have an adverse effect but ingestion of small amounts for a longer period of time can be equally hazardous. Having said that, it's best to cut down all means of accidental consumption of heavy metals, glyphosate, and pesticide as best as you can.
Where Can Glyphosate-free Supplements be Found?
That's a great question and I'm so glad you asked! You can, of course, grab them right here from Perfect Supplements Australia. All of the Perfect Supplements have been tested for safety are glyphosate-free!
The Perfect Desiccated Liver and Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen are the only versions of these in the world that are actually CERTIFIED GLYPHOSATE-FREE! That matters.
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Read all of Our Glyphosate Blogs Here:
- How to Detox from Glyphosate
- Glyphosate, Gut Health and Disease
- Glyphosate in Bone Broth and Collagen Supplements (not Perfect Supplements of course!)
- How and Why to Do a Detox Bath
*Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.