According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nine out of 10 people live in an area whose levels of pollution are “unacceptable.”
But short of moving somewhere that’s got fresh air or investing in the world’s largest outdoor air filter, what’s a person in today’s times to do?
Well, according to the latest research, you can get plenty of vitamin B – because it turns out that it can actually fight the damage of a particular particle in the dirty air you’re breathing.
It’s called PM2.5, and because it’s pretty tiny (30 times finer than a single strand of human hair) it can get WAY into your lungs, lodge itself in there, and create issues not only in the respiratory system but also your heart.
But that’s not all. This particulate matter – which you might breathe in the form of car exhaust fumes or some other end product of combustion – actually messes with your DNA’s messaging system, inciting damaging changes like turning off immune responses when you actually need them to be switched ON.
It can also interfere with the processing of your cells’ mitochondria – or, the “powerhouse” that provides energy on a cellular level.
But according to a new study from Columbia University, high doses of B vitamins (specifically, folic acid, B6, and B12) brought down the effects of PM2.5 by as much as 76 per cent – nearly offsetting the negative impact of the pollution entirely!
Now, this was a pretty small study, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up TOO high if I were you. But the results are enough to warrant another, broader study in the future.
Of course, I’ll keep you updated on all the latest developments, as I always do.
In the meantime, the B vitamins can do some pretty amazing things for your health – benefits that have been proven in innumerable scientific studies.
They can lower blood pressure WITHOUT any side effects… repair cell damage from too much sun exposure… and even help improve your memory while boosting your energy.
You can get vitamins B6 and B12 by eating lots of Paleo-friendly foods like liver, chicken and nuts and fish, meat, eggs, and milk – but the dosages used in the study were much higher than what you’d get from diet alone.
Because they’re so helpful – and so many people don’t get enough of them – I frequently recommend B vitamin supplements (look for “B complex” on the label).
And while you can’t yet control the quality of the air outside, you can install a “True-type” HEPA air filter at home to reduce your toxic load.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
B Vitamins Reduce Damage Caused by Pollution, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/B-vitamins-reduce-damage-pollution/2017/03/14/id/778621/
Vitamin B an unlikely war against pollution, new study suggests, cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/vitamin-b-pollution/
B vitamins may have ‘protective effect’ against air pollution, bbc.com/news/science-environment-39231896