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Air Purifier Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • More than 88,000 people in the U.S. die every year as a direct result of fine particulate matter air pollution, in spite of the improvements made in air quality over the past few decades
  • A University of Michigan study found that the use air purifiers, which reduce pollutants in the air, can provide health protective mechanisms that lower blood pressure
  • Researchers found the same drop in blood pressure whether they used less sophisticated air filters that can be obtained for around $70 or units that were more expensive
  • High-efficiency units did reduce individual exposure to air pollution to a greater degree but, in comparison, study participants’ blood pressure was no lower than those who used less expensive units
  • Adding an air purifier to your home may be an important step in decreasing your blood pressure, but so would limiting your exposure to toxic personal care products, cleaners and household goods and diesel fumes

Scientists have cautioned that pollutants known as "fine particulate matter" in the air you breathe — the microscopically small particles coming from fires, cigarette smoke, fossil fuel combustion and vehicles — increase your risk of serious physical ailments, most notably cardiovascular disease.

In fact, Dr. Robert Brook, cardiovascular medicine specialist and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan's (UM) Frankel Cardiovascular Center, asserts that more than 88,000 people in the U.S. die every year as a direct result of this type of air pollution, in spite of improvements made in air quality over the past few decades.


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