Drink in Plastic Bottles Can Cause Migraines Because of Bisphenol

The reuse of plastic bottles to power both the frequency and virulence of the episodes of migraine and headache

The reuse of plastic bottles makes that harmful substances used in their manufacture filtered. (Corbis)

The reuse of plastic bottles enhances both the frequency and virulence of the episodes of migraine and headache. This type of containers are usually made with substances harmful to the organism, which they arise and filtered drinking after a certain number of applications.

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is one of the chemicals common to manufacture all kinds of plastic polycarbonateas well as cans. The most immediate consequences of their intake include headaches and migraines, according to the results of a clinical study conducted by researchers from the University of Kansas and published in the latest issue of the Journal of Toxicological Sciences.

The controversy surrounding the use of Bisphenol A in this type of packaging, due to its documented effects to health, comes from afar. Some countries, with France at the head, have banned or limited use, mainly to protect children, who are the most exposed sector of the population (the majority of plastic bottles contain the chemical).

Immediate intake symptoms

While the international scientific community has not been able to agree on a point of view regarding the harmful effects of exposure to Bisphenol A, the majority of studies agree stress that babies and toddlers are the population with highest-risk group. Dissent refers to the threshold of exhibition, more or less high according to some or other studies, but many of them recognize that they could increase the chances of developing certain types of cancer, as well as cardiovascular diseases, infertility and obesity.

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is one of the most common chemicals to manufacture all kinds of plastic polycarbonateResearchers at the University of Kansas Yes demonstrated in laboratory mice the relationship directly, and in the short term, between the intake of this substance and migraines. In reaching this conclusion, the authors injected Bisphenol every three days in the middle of rodents used for the study, emulating the usual amount in a consumer medium of water bottles and food cans. The body of the animals reacted within half an hour, appearing the common symptoms of migraines.

Glass containers and other recommendations

In its conclusions, the study authors urged patients with migraines to restrict the use of containers with this substance, like (from the third or fourth use) bottles, cans and bottles, to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. However, they clarify that all plastic bottles are made with Bisphenol A or all contain the same amount. The code of recycling, located at the bottom of the container, serves to indicate their presence to the consumer. Plastics containing BPA, phthalate, or Styropor are those who carry the codes of recycling with the numbers 1 (Pete), 2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE), and 5 (PP).

To avoid possible risks, recommended the use of inert and innocuous containers that do not contribute any kind of polluting substance to food containing, or react with the food compounds. In this sense, glass is one of the most common and appropriate materials. Also, bottled preserves can be found both in tin cans and glass, so it is recommended to abuse as little as possible of the first because the BPA used in the lining of cans can filter on the content of food, especially in the case of liquids, such as soups and sauces. It is especially recommended to change the oil, bottled in plastic by the glass, since it has a greater tendency to filter on this product.

The risk of migraines due to the ingestion of this chemical are only attributable to people who already were suffering from such a disorder. In Spain, up to three million people are affected according to the Spanish society of Neurology (SEN), in many occasions preventing them from maintaining a quality of life acceptable. Therefore, corroborate these same conclusions obtained in laboratory mice using human clinical studies would be a major step in the fight against this disease. A disorder that is considered by the World Health Organization (who) as one of the most disabling and that most often affects young people than older people.