Out­smart in­door air pol­lu­tion

First For Women - - Health -

As the weather cools and we spend more time in­doors, ex­po­sure to house­hold air pol­lu­tion from clean­ing prod­ucts, formalde­hyde and more can lead to harm­ful DNA changes. But B vi­ta­mins can help, say sci­en­tists in the jour­nal Pro­ceed­ings of the Na­tional Academy of Sciences. Sub­jects who took a B-com­plex vi­ta­min in­clud­ing folic acid, B6 and B12 for 4 weeks had a 76 per­cent re­duc­tion in pol­lu­tion-re­lated genes when ex­posed to par­ti­cles mim­ick­ing those in air pol­lu­tion. The au­thors say B vi­ta­mins “mop up” ox­ida­tive stress that causes DNA mu­ta­tions. Top food sources of B: ce­real, ba­nanas, fish and eggs.

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