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Air pollution is as bad for respiratory health as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Air Pollution

New research unveiled this week reveals that air pollution in some major cities is as bad for us as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. Scientists from the University of Washington monitored the levels of fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, ozone and black carbon in the air outside the homes of over 7,000 adults (aged 45- 84) living in 6 major US cities. Over an average of a 10-year period between 2000 and 2018, the research also tracked the development of emphysema and monitored lung decline in participants with CT scans. The researchers’ discovery is a startling reminder of the negative effects of breathing polluted air, particularly for those who live in a city environment.

The findings in more detail

The scientists found that long-term exposure to all the pollutants they were monitoring was linked to an increased percentage of emphysema. Emphysema is one of several conditions, along with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis, that are grouped together and referred to as chronic lower respiratory disease. Chronic lower respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in the world.

Ground-level ozone – the levels of which are increasing worldwide due to the use of fossil fuels – was found to be the deadliest pollutant measured and was linked to a decline in lung function. The results of the research show that long-term exposure to ground-level ozone increases chance of a person developing emphysema by the same as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 29 years.

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How can a dietary supplement tackle the effects of air pollution?

It’s a question that we often get asked about our Air Pollution Formula – how can taking a pill help mitigate some of the harmful effects of breathing in polluted air? The key ingredients chosen for our air pollution supplement are absorbed into the bloodstream where they are then distributed throughout the body. This means that their effect is far wider than just the digestive system.

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* EU REGISTERS ON NUTRITION AND HEALTH CLAIMS AND EFSA ARTICLE 13.1 BOTANICALS ON HOLD LIST.