Unless you live on a remote mountain top or in the middle of an isolated forest—and you never venture into traffic—you’re being exposed to polluted air.
Day in and day out we breathe it in.
Sure, if you’re a country dweller your exposure might be a bit less. But the fact is virtually ALL of us are breathing in air laced with toxic matter from time to time, and it’s taking a toll on our health.
We already knew that pollution is linked to heart problems.
And those cardiovascular issues can be especially severe in those who suffer from diabetes. (Last time I checked that was over 29 million folks in the USA alone.)
Now new research reveals just how bad that damage can get.
Pollution damages artery function
According to the study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, pollution exposure measurably ramped up inflammation levels.
But even more troubling, regular exposure to “particulate matter” (aka pollution) led to a stunning 20 percent plummet in arterial function in the volunteers.
It turns out the pollution literally reduced the diameter of the brachial artery that runs through the upper arm, which is a predictor of cardiovascular risk.
And the more pollutants the volunteers were being exposed to the more pronounced the effect was.
In other words, if you live in a city or have a long commute through traffic your risk for having your artery function effected likely shoots up significantly.
Protect your arteries against pollution with olive oil
But researchers also uncovered a solution that can help us protect our arteries… and hearts… against the damage done by pollution.
Volunteers taking a fish oil supplement didn’t face any rise in their inflammation levels. In addition, the reduction in brachial function dropped to 14 percent.
Pretty impressive results for a supplement that if you’ve been following my advice you’re already taking anyway.
But it’s what the researchers saw when they looked at the effect olive oil supplements had on the pollution damage that blew everyone away.
The olive oil also kept inflammation from rising. But the oil didn’t just reduce the drop in arterial function, it essentially eliminated it!
In other words, the olive oil appeared to COMPLETELY reverse the pollution damage the researchers had observed.
Make the switch to the “detox diet”
You probably know by now I’m a huge fan of the Mediterranean diet which is positively brimming with healthy and delicious olive oil.
High in antioxidants and heart-friendly fats, we already knew this way of eating helped to stabilize blood sugars, even out cholesterol levels, fight Alzheimer’s and ward of cancer.
But now we know it can also raise a barrier against pollution risks.
The volunteers in the study got the equivalent of about three grams, or a bit more than half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil a day. You can do the same by using olive oil to cook meals in your own kitchen.
Dr. Mark Stengler has appeared as a medical expert on FOX, CBS, NBC and hosts his own weekly PBS TV show, “Natural Healing with Mark Stengler.”
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Dr. Stengler completed premed studies at Mt. Royal College and the University of Calgary, and graduated from naturopathic medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.
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