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Retinyl Palmitate is a synthetic chemical version of the real Vitamin A found in nature. Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol Palmitate, vitamin A palmitate or sometimes referred to as simply "Vitamin A" is one of the most commonly found of all the synthetic vitamin isolates. Vitamin isolates are generally considered bad for human and animal health.
However, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and New York Senator Chuck Schumer have called attention to the fact that high doses of topical retinyl palmitate were shown to accelerate cancer in lab animals.
Retinyl Palmitate has been promoted in many products as a food and body product enhancer, therefore, revealing the adverse health risks would expose many to serious legal action and subsequent financial liability.
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A study by U.S. government scientists suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight (NTP 2012). Officials in Germany and Norway have cautioned that retinyl palmitate and other vitamin A ingredients in cosmetics could contribute to vitamin A toxicity due to excessive exposure use. (German BfR 2014, Norwegian SCFS 2012a). If this is the concern for simply applying it to your skin, what is this chemical doing to the bodies of those who ingest it?
According to All About Nutritional Healing which was written by Judith A. DeCava, CNC, LNC.: "Vitamin A Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol Palmitate... is rated as a moderate hazard ingredient. It warns of potential side effects including cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cellular level changes, and organ system toxicity. Retinyl Palmitate has been shown to produce excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death, and it may be implicated in cardiovascular disease. It has caused reproductive effects at low doses in one or more animal studies, and there is limited evidence of cancer and skin toxicity"
The presence of this ingredient on the List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients (the CANADIAN Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist) indicates that there are potentially significant safety issues. This ingredient cannot be used in topical natural health products except in accordance with the restrictions set out on the Hotlist unless additional evidence for safety is submitted.
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