HEALTH RELATED CONDITIONS SECONDARY TO POOR AIR QUALITY MAY BE HELPED WITH MULTIVITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION
Indoor and outdoor pollutants can lead to acute respiratory infections, heart disease and skin problems. It is thought that pollutants compromise the immune system, which is further compromised if you have deficiencies of certain micronutrients.
From a scientific point of view, this is what occurs: Airborne pollution leads to increased pulmonary intake of reactive oxygen species (ROS). When we inhale, particulate matter (PM) enters the respiratory (lung) system, causing coughing and sneezing. The finest particulate matter, PM2.5, travels all the way to the alveoli and causes local and systematic harm, including increased oxidative stress and increased inflammation. In addition, there is evidence of specific mechanisms whereby PM2.5, traffic-related or combustion-related air pollution exposure can affect the cardiovascular system.
Micronutrient intake is important with regard to the sensitivity of an individual to air pollution ; it affects the composition and quantity of antioxidants in the respiratory tract lining fluid (RTLF) of the lungs. The older you are, the more likely it is that you could have a micronutrient deficiency, which is probably the reason elderly people are 2-10 times more likely to die of an infection than younger people.
Vitamin A is important for innate, cell-mediated immunity and antibody response. Retinoic acid in particular imprints protective T-cells and B-cells into intestinal tissues.
Vitamin D, in the active form of 1,25(OH)2D3, is a potent immunomodulator. In addition, it enhances innate immunity by increasing the differentiation of monocytes into macrophages.
Vitamin E is a key, fat-soluble antioxidant capable of protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage. It also enhances T-cell-mediated functions. Vitamin E is an integral component of the alveolar surface of the lung and directly affects lung function.
Vitamin C is a key, water-soluble antioxidant which helps maintain the redox balance inside cells. It also helps regenerate vitamin E as well as stimulating the transit of neutrophils and monocytes. Vitamin C is particularly important inside the lungs to help counter the presence of inhaled oxidative substances.
Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid modulate immune function by means of nucleic acid and protein biosynthesis.
Selenium has an important role in redox regulation via glutathione peroxidases by removing excess ROS. Zinc, iron, and copper are critical components of enzymes which are required for the correct functioning of immune cells.
Intracellular micronutrients can be tested by a simple blood test that we draw in the office. If you would like to be checked, call our office. 941-747-2090