Breastfeeding protects against a toxic environment

Natural Health News – Breastfeeding in the first four months of life helps protect babies against neurological damage caused by pollutants airborne, a new study has found.

A new study from the University of the Basque Country monitored 638 women and their newborn babies and examined the effect of pollution – specifically particulate matter (PM 2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) -. in neurological development of infants up to 15 months what you need to know

air pollutants can have a toxic effect on the brain development of children from the womb.

Spanish researchers have found that breastfeeding during the first 4 months of life protected infants living in a highly polluted area.

Women and children studied all live in the Goierri-Alto Urola Middle valleys and in the Basque Country, which is home to 11 steel works and a major highway – areas of environmental pollution intense. However, the study, published in the journal International Environment showed that the harmful effects of these toxins in children disappeared in breastfed babies.

Tiny toxins

PM2.5 particles are less than 2.5 microns; That makes them four times thinner than a human hair. Hovering these ultra-small and light particles can float quickly away from the source of emissions and easily reach the lungs, and from there spread to other vulnerable parts of the body. The composition of these neurotoxic particles in any area depends on the emission sources in the area.

The study researchers found the current high levels of particulate matter neurotoxic compounds of lead, arsenic and manganese in industrial activity and traffic. By comparison, in urban areas, where the main source of pollution is traffic, the concentration is lower.

According to lead researcher Dr. Aitana Lertxundi Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of the Basque Country: “In the fetal stage is forming and lacks sufficient detoxification mechanisms to eliminate toxins build up the central nervous system. “

This long-term study that began in 2006, when the mothers were pregnant, or particulate matter PM2.5 and NO2 has a harmful effect on babies breastfed for at least four months. This strongly suggests that breastfeeding plays a protective role in the presence of these two air pollutants.

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