5 micronutrients that protect against the health damaging effects of air pollution
(NaturalHealth365) Air pollution is a growing health threat, especially in urban areas. In fact, the World Health Organization states that there are ‘4.2 million deaths – every year – as a result of outdoor air pollution.’ But, most people don’t hear about how micronutrients can help minimize health risks.
Generally speaking, the most common health problems caused by air pollution include asthma, pneumonia, chronic lung infections, COPD, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections in children.
Air pollution can damage your lungs and DNA
Poor air quality results in tiny particulates in the air that can lodge in the lungs and cause inflammation.
And, as we all know, inflammation is a precursor to many diseases and makes the lungs vulnerable to dysfunction. Toxins can also enter the bloodstream and cause disease as well as DNA damage.
Let’s not forget: pollutants – in the air – deteriorate the environment as well as respiratory health. Fortunately, there are some simple lifestyle choices anyone can make to protect against cellular damage from air pollution.
Discover the 5 micronutrients to protect your health
B vitamins support cellular health: The B vitamin group is valuable in supporting the cell functions that repair DNA damage.
These vitamins support the chemical processes inherent to cellular regeneration. DNA damage from airborne toxins can be extremely destructive, and B vitamins can help to offset this.
Vitamin C brings a wealth of benefits, including strengthening the immune system, protecting the cardiovascular system, regulating cholesterol, protecting the blood vessels and synthesizing collagen.
However, clinical studies have found it also brings significant improvement to lung functioning.
In addition, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and free radicals scavenger; it helps to reduce the inflammation that is at the root of many illnesses and health challenges.
Vitamin E is another effective scavenger of free radicals and is highly beneficial to persons exposed to air pollution. Vitamin E tends to be diminished in smokers, and supplementation can make a big difference.
Vitamin E also has antioxidant effects that are beneficial to cardiovascular health. The combination of vitamin C and E create a powerful barrier against ozone damage and toxicity from air pollution.
Omega-3 fatty acids in food and fish oil supplements also bring potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Omega 3s strengthen heart health and help to offset the damage air pollution can cause.
Sulforaphane compounds: These phytochemicals are found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cabbage. Sulforaphane has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties.
Sulforaphane compounds help to cleanse and offset the effects of exposure to air pollution. These vegetables bring a range of health benefits and should be a regular part of everyone’s diet.
At this time, air pollution is an unfortunate byproduct of human progress. However, you can be proactive about reversing the damage and protecting against future health problems.
Ultimately, it would be wise to seek out these key micronutrients in your diet and in supplement form, and you’ll enjoy improved lung functioning and enhanced overall health.
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