Vitamin B: The Defence Against Pollution

A new study has claimed that vitamin B could help human beings facing dangerous types of air pollution by mitigating the harmful effects of living in highly polluted areas such as modern-day cities.

A global team of researchers discovered that a daily vitamin B supplement has the potential to mitigate the impact of PM2.5, a highly dangerous and commonplace pollutant in cityscapes.

Although the research is in its embryonic stage, the findings could prove highly useful in the fight to maintain health in increasingly polluted areas.

According to the World Health Organisation, over 90% of the world’s population live in places where PM2.5 levels exceed the safety threshold.

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism.

Though B vitamins share similar names, research shows that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods. In general, dietary supplements containing all eight are referred to as a vitamin B complex.

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has long been a key supplement in the treatment of alcoholism.

In the 1950s Canadian Biochemist Dr Abram Hoffer began experimenting with mega-doses of niacin in an effort to treat alcoholism and schizophrenia.

Despite anecdotal evidence the treatment worked, no official studies have backed up the claim that mega-doses have any benefit.

However, small dose supplements of vitamin b complex are recommended for those in immediate recovery from alcohol abuse due to the sapping effects alcohol has on the body’s vitamin B stores.

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