Berlin (dpa) – To be on the safe side, people should reduce their use of antiperspirants containing aluminium, an authoritative science agency linked to the German government is saying.
According to the Berlin-based Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), more research is needed on the long-term health effects of low exposures to the metal, which is also found in other cosmetics, food packaging and toothpaste.
“People ought not to underestimate the effects of spraying aluminium-based antiperspirants under their arms for decades,” warned BfR toxicologist Ariana Lenzner.
She said part of the population probably reached their tolerable intake level of aluminium through food alone.
In a world full of scare reports which are often difficult for the public to assess, the BfR has the mission of sorting the risks that are negligible from the risks we should take more seriously.
The BfR recently held a two-day consumer-protection forum on the current state of aluminium research, including a public debate on a possible connection between intake and diseases.
“There’s still no unequivocal scientific proof of a link between aluminium intake and Alzheimer’s disease or breast cancer,” Lenzner said. However, the BfR pointed to scientific evidence that high aluminium doses have neurotoxic effects in humans and are harmful to the foetus in animals.
Following the lead of the European Food Safety Authority, the BfR now recommends that adults limit their weekly intake of aluminium to one milligram per kilogramme of body weight.