Researchers have reported that glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine), the active ingredient in Roundup, could be the cause of a number of health related disorders such as gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disorders, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Roundup, world’s most popular and best selling weed and grass killer developed by Monsanto, is sprayed on millions of acres of crops in the world. Researchers have reported that the residues of “glyphosate” are found in the food comprised mainly of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Those residues increase the destructive effects of the other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment resulting in a number of diseases, according to the report.
Technically speaking, glyphosate inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. This enzyme plays an important role in removing the xenobiotics, which are chemical compounds, for example, drugs or pesticides that are foreign to the body of a living organism.
“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body,” the study says.
We “have hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated,” Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the authors of the study, said in a statement.
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Samsel, A., & Seneff, S. (2013). Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases Entropy, 15 (4), 1416-1463 DOI: 10.3390/e15041416