The Vitamins That Protect Your DNA Against Air Pollution

 

What if there was a vitamin that could actually protect your genetic material against damage from toxic substances in our air? Well, according to recent research, not just one vitamin can do this but a whole set of vitamins have this amazing protective ability.

According to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in conjunction with Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in Sweden, China, Singapore, Mexico and Canada, the B-complex vitamins protect DNA against common pollutants in our air.The researchers identified a gap in our understanding of natural substances that could protect our bodies against the health-damaging effects of air pollutants, so they sought solutions.

Participants in the study were given either a placebo or a B-complex vitamin supplement containing 2.5 mg of folic acid, 50 mg of vitamin B6 and 1 mg of vitamin B12 daily. Study participants were healthy non-smokers between the ages of 18 to 60 who did not take any other supplements or medications. Air pollutants were extracted from a heavy traffic area in downtown Toronto and administered to the volunteers. Researchers found that those who took the B vitamin supplement had greater protection against DNA damage resulting from air pollutants.

The research is valuable as a growing body of research links air pollution to a wide variety of health conditions, including: respiratory diseases (asthma, COPD, emphysema, etc.), heart disease, and even brain diseases like dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. While we obviously need to find ways to reduce air pollution, it is also imperative to find natural solutions free of harmful side-effects to help manage these health conditions.

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