People in Cities are at Increased Risk from Environmental Pollutants

People in Cities are at Increased Risk from Environmental Pollutants

Updates to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Air Pollution Database shows that people in cities of 100,000 or more face significant risks from everyday air pollution and those in low-income cities are most affected. WHO noted that as air quality declines, the risk of acute respiratory disease, lung cancer and heart disease increases.

The danger to health is substantial and environmental pollution is also contributing to premature aging according to a May 2016 study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The study showed that, while air pollution impacts all skin types, Caucasians and Asians were most affected. Small particles in the air get on the skin and are breathed in, forming free radicals that cause oxidative stress.

The body produces glutathione, a natural substance that defends and neutralizes free radicals. When people are exposed to elevated levels of free radicals found in cities and urban areas, the body’s defenses can become overwhelmed and unable to neutralize free radicals efficiently. The result can be increased disease and the outward signs of aging.*

The body generates a certain amount of free radicals naturally in response to exercise, digestive processes and inflammation and the body is typically able to regulate those numbers on its own. Free radicals from outside comes from a wide variety of sources, increasing the load on the body. Free radicals come from sources that include:

  • Exposure to exhaust from commuting, road construction and industrial processes
  • Extensive computer usage
  • Frequent air travel
  • Radiation from diagnostic procedures
  • Stress and/or lack of sleep
  • Poor diets
  • Alcohol use
  • Certain medications
  • Skin care products that disrupt the skins natural protective barrier
  • Ozone depletion

Free radicals also affect the brain of humans and even their animal companions. A study published in the June 2003 edition of Experimental Gerontology showed that just as free radicals contribute to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in humans, they also affect dogs in much the same way as they do people.*

A study in the Sept. 2011 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that dietary supplements with specific amino acids provide antioxidants that can be effective in helping people and pets correct glutathione imbalances. RxQ Antioxidant Complex contains key nutrients that can help in that process to fight the effects of free radicals for city dwellers that are at increased risk of disease and premature aging due to environmental pollutants.*

*Disclaimer: The statements and information contained on this website have not been evaluated by the Unites States Food and Drug Administration. The products featured on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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