Vitamins that protect us from Pollution
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FOUR VITAMINS THAT PROTECT YOU FROM POLLUTION:
we are exposed to engine exausts,environment pollutants,and hundred of toxic chemicals every day.This along with a wrong lifestyle and poor nutrition has a devastating effect on our health.Long exposure to these toxins can cause repiratory problems like shortness ofbreath,bronchitis,asthma,wheezing ,coughing headaches pneumonia & even lung cancer.
The environmental toxins step up free radical[unstable molecules]production in the body by a process called oxidation and this causes serious damage to the body.Antitoxidants like vitamin A,vitamin C,vitamin E and selenium are known to douse the harmful effect of these free radicals and are your surest protection against damage from environmental toxins pollution and smog.
The best way to deal with pollution is to avoid it as much as possible.Instead of walking on trafficked roads,walk on tread-mill.For combatting internal pollution,take vitamins A,C,E and selenium together as capsule or in natural form take lots of fruits salad greens,raw vegetables and vegetable juices.
- VITAMIN E:-This is an antitoxidant found inweat germ,almonds,groundnuts,soyabean,leafy vegetables,all raw nuts and seeds.It opposes oxidation & prevents aging.It is well known for its ability to enhance the immune system.
- VITAMIN A:-Beta-carotene found in yellow,orange and red fruits and vegetables apparently helps to protect our lungs from air pollution.Therefore a glass of carrot juice or a bowl of watermelon or papaya would be an ideal way to start your day before stepping on to the polluted roads.
- VITAMIN C:-This is the least stable as compared to other vitamins as it is destroyed by exposure to heat,light & air.It is a well known antioxidant and helps stop free radical activity.Humans & apes are among the few animals who need to take dietary Vitamin-C,as they cannot synthesise sufficient amounts to meet the body needs.Vitamin-C is known as a 'stress vitamin' because it gets used up more rapidly with daily tension and frustrations.Its primary function is to maintain collagen, which is a protein necessary to prevent skin from sagging and for the formation of ligaments and bones.It helps to maintain healthy lung function both in healthy people as well as those with asthma.It protects lungs from damage due to smog exposure.
- SELENIUM:-This is an anti-pollution prescription that helps to activate the enzyme glutathione peroxidasein the body ,which in turn helps to keep the lung tissueelastic.It is naturally available in whole grains ,vegetables like beetroot,peas,tomatoes,soyabeans,seeds[alfa-alfa,sunflower seeds,pumpkin seeds]and fish.