We take a look at some natural ingredients that can support the health of your lungs.

Of all the organs in the body, the lungs are one of the most hardworking. They expand and contract as little as four times a minute in healthy lungs in order to fuel our bodies with life-sustaining oxygen and expel the carbon dioxide we create.

In industrialised countries where the air is filled with pollution, smoke, chemicals, pollen, dust and bacteria, respiratory disorders are becoming increasingly common. These range from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, emphysema and cystic fibrosis.

Various steps can be taken to protect our lungs and reduce our risk of lung disease. Firstly, if you smoke, then the most important thing you can do for your health is to stop. If necessary, seek help from a medical professional to help you quit. If you live or work with smokers, then take steps to avoid their second hand smoke.

Reduce your exposure to dust and chemical fumes. This doesn’t just mean industrial chemicals but also the chemicals in products you might find in your home such as paints or solvents. Read the labels of all products and avoid using ones that cause irritation to the eyes, nose or throat.

One of the prime causes of lung disease is the consumption of grains and cereals. The damage to the lining of the lungs could be compared to the damage done to the lining of the intestines by grains and cereals. Stopping all grains and cereals is the critical first step in lung recovery.

Eating 3-4 portions of dark skinned fruit and 6-8 portions of leafy green vegetables is the next step. According to research, evidence suggests that flavonoids, found in many fruits and vegetable, help to reduce the risk of lung cancer. Studies have also shown that higher levels of physical activity may lead to a 20 to 40% reduction in lung cancer risk.

In addition, the following nutrients have also been found to support the health of our lungs.

ECKLONIA CAVA EXTRACT

This super antioxidant is a species of edible brown algae harvested from the coastal waters of Korea and China which is known to have an anti-allergy effect. Korean researchers discovered that Ecklonia Cava Extract had the ability to inhibit asthmatic reactions during a study carried out on mice. They concluded that “EC extracts may prove useful as an adjuvant therapy for allergic airway reactions”.

SERRAPEPTASE

Serrapeptase is a potent anti-inflammatory which has been shown to help with a whole host of health conditions including respiratory issues. It dissolves non-living tissues such as fibrin, plaque, blood clots, cysts and inflammation in all forms – without harming living tissue. By clearing away this dead tissue it enables the body to heal itself. In one particular study on patients with chronic bronchitis, serrapeptase was shown to loosen mucus, decrease the frequency of cough and increase expectoration compared to a placebo.

CURCUMIN

Curcumin, which is a phytochemical found in turmeric, has strong antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potent antioxidant which prevents the formation of damaging free radicals and works as a scavenger to neutralize free radicals that have already formed. A growing body of research backs up the notion that curcumin “plays a protective role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and allergic asthma, its therapeutic action being on the prevention or modulation of inflammation and oxidative stress.

VITAMIN D3

Commonly known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, our primary source of vitamin D is made when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is the natural form that our bodies make either from sunshine or via the foods we eat.

The liver and kidneys turn vitamin D3 into the hormone calcitriol, which triggers over 200 genes including ones that are involved in the immune system. Vitamin D3 is therefore crucial for a strong immune system. In fact deficiency in vitamin D is “associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection”.

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