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Air Pollution Can Worsen Bone Health


A new study in India has found an association between exposure to air pollution and poor bone health.


Air pollution is now blamed for 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide. It is also linked to lowered cognitive performance, heart failure, and kidney disease, as well as the development of other health problems such as lung cancer, stokes, and respiratory diseases.

Some research suggests that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may have cardio-protective effects against air pollution, and that eating a Mediterranean diet may similarly reduce its effects.

Particularly impressively, a study published in 2017 found that high-dose B vitamins have a strong protective effect against air pollution. Published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, the researchers showed that exposure to fine particulate matter of the type produced by burning fossil fuels in motor vehicles can be “completely offset” by a daily supplement of B vitamins. With the World Health Organization having estimated that 92 percent of the world’s population currently live in places where air pollution exceeds safe limits, this study’s finding has profound implications for public health policies worldwide.

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