Updated December 28, 2018 09:23:47When are chemicals actually toxic?
According to a new study, chemicals may actually be good for your health.
The study, which has been published in the Journal of Environmental Health, found that when people were exposed to toxic chemicals, they did better on several tests.
The researchers said the results are “extremely encouraging” and suggested that they could be used as a model to assess how chemicals may be used in the workplace.
“The idea that these chemicals are beneficial is not an unreasonable one,” said Dr. John G. Schmitt, who led the research.
“I’ve been studying chemical toxicity for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The researchers found that people who were exposed at work to chemicals that contained carbon monoxide, for example, had improved scores on tests of physical performance, mood and cognitive function.
The carbon monoxy exposure also resulted in improvements in blood pressure and heart rate.
The study did not look at how people were treated after the exposure, but Schmitt said the findings were “interesting and important.”
He added that it’s possible that people may have experienced different levels of the chemical at different times in their lives.
“There are lots of studies out there that show a negative effect of exposure to chemicals,” Schmitt told Reuters Health by email.
“It may be that these exposures may have been more severe than we thought.”
Schmitt and his co-authors also found that some chemicals may have some beneficial effects.
“One of the more interesting findings was that people with more severe exposures had lower levels of a marker of oxidative stress,” said Schmitt.
“These chemicals seem to be more potent antioxidants, which may help protect us against a variety of diseases.”
The study is based on data from a cohort of nearly 6,000 workers, ages 18 to 74, who were recruited through an advertisement in a local paper.
The people in the study were also tested for various markers of oxidative health and oxidative stress, including cholesterol, uric acid, creatinine and blood pressure.
The researchers looked at the results of the health tests and the biomarkers to see if the chemicals might have any health benefits.
“It’s very encouraging that the chemical exposures did not impact the markers of biomarkers of oxidative injury,” said Gwen E. Jones, who was not involved in the research but is a researcher at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
“This is one of the first studies that shows that there are benefits from exposure to high levels of chemicals,” Jones said.
“What this study is telling us is that the way that chemicals are used in a workplace can affect these markers of inflammation, oxidative stress and oxidative damage,” she added.
“These are very important things to be aware of because if we are not taking these measures, then we are putting ourselves at risk.”
The results were also reported in the journal Health Psychology.
“The chemical exposures that were observed in this study may not have been associated with health outcomes.
However, this finding may help us better understand how the chemical exposure effects health,” Jones wrote.
The team said that more studies are needed to see how the chemicals impact health.