Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), describes a group of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and a few forms of bronchiectasis.
COPD is very common in the U.S, affecting nearly 30 million Americans. As a matter of fact, it was the classified as the third leading cause of death in 2014. The worst part is that its symptoms, such as wheezing, frequent coughing, and tightness in the chest, can worsen over time.
CAUSES OF COPD
People over 40, smokers, and former smokers are the most prone to the development of COPD. Up to 90 percent of those who develop COPD have smoked at certain point.
- Environmental Factors
People who are constantly exposed to pollutants and lung irritants like fumes, dust and chemicals are also likely to develop COPD. Lung irritants in the home as well as contact with secondhand smoke can also contribute to COPD.
- Genetic Factors
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is one of the most common risk factors for emphysema. Apart from causing lung disorders, Alpha–1 antitrypsin deficiency, an inherited disorder, can also lead to liver disease.
There are many prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and treatments used to help manage the symptoms of COPD, but a recently published research reveals that there is a natural alternative available. Dr. Gloria De Carlo Massaro and Dr. Donald Massaro have done a research at Georgetown University School of Medicine, using ATRA, a derivative of vitamin A. They managed to reverse emphysema in rats using this approach.
As noted by Dr. Donald Massaro, “It appeared that the treatment regenerated the adult rat’s ability to produce alveoli, the small air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide move between the lungs and the bloodstream.”
Depletion of vitamin A is often a result of cigarette smoke, due to bezopyrene, a common cancer-causing chemical found in cigarettes.
This research has found that beta-carotene and vitamin A can serve as an effective COPD treatment. Beta-carotene is found in fruits in veggies and it`s responsible for their color. When ingested, it is converted into vitamin A, a nutrient needed for optimal health. The best way to boost your beta-carotene and vitamin A levels is to eat a healthy diet!
Top 10 Foods that are Highest in Beta-Carotene
- Sweet red peppers
- Dried apricots
- Sweet potato
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Romaine lettuce
Natural COPD Treatment
As concluded by this research, eating foods that are high in beta carotene can help regenerate damaged lung tissue in COPD sufferers. The Linus Pauling Institute advises patients to combine beta-carotene rich foods with fats in order to boost their bioavailability. You can juice them and eat them fresh or cook them in oil to prepare a delicious, yet healthy meal.