Xenoestrogens are synthetic substances that imitate or enhance the effects of estrogens. Xenoestrogens are endocrine disruptors.
Xenoestrogens have only been recently (less than 70 years) introduced into the environment. They are produced by industrial, agricultural, and chemical companies.
4-Methylbenzylidine camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)
hydroxy-anisole butyrate (food preservation)
bisphenol-A (food preservation, plasticizers)
DEHP (found in PVC plastic pipes)
erythrosine, Red Dye No.3
Polychlorinated biphenyls,(PCB)s (lubricants, adhesives, paints)
p-nonylphenol (in PVC products and byproduct from detergents and spermicides)
phenosulfothiazine (a red dye used in tissue culture media as a pH indicator)
phthalates (plastic softener)
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