Plant Compound Found to Reverse Lung Damage Associated with COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) covers a wide range of diseases – including asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema – and is the third-leading cause of death in America (and fifth worldwide). Thankfully, there’s something we can do to reverse lung damage and fight back!
COPD is pretty nasty, and it may be worse than we realize. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) estimates that an additional 12 million people have COPD but haven’t been diagnosed, and the National Emphysema Foundation states that 3.1 million Americans have emphysema while 11.2 million have been officially diagnosed with COPD.
The most common causes of COPD are believed to be genetic factors and a history of smoking, as well as long-term environmental factors, such as repeated exposures to toxins and fumes. According to conventional medicine, COPD is irreversible and incurable, and as such, it’s progression is fatal, as lung tissue cannot be regenerated – at least according to most doctors. Instead, Big Pharma uses more chemicals and surgeries – to buy time, at great expense.
New studies, however, have shown lung tissue can be regenerated – courtesy a derivative of vitamin A, all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA).
In clinical trials, twelve days was all it took for mice to grow healthy new alveoli. Noted Dr. Donald Massaro, one of the study’s authors,
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. The production of alveoli normally ends in childhood.
Interestingly, a 2003 study published in Journal of Nutrition (Vols. 130 and 133): “Vitamin A Depletion Induced by Cigarette Smoke Is Associated with the Development of Emphysema in Rats” demonstrated why cigarette smoking is considered to be the primary cause of emphysema.
According to a Mail Online article, “Vitamin ‘cure’ for emphysema”: British scientists announced that retinoic acid commonly used to treat acne reversed Emphysema damaged lungs in mice.
As a result, items rich in vitamin A (which can also be consumed as beta-carotene) can be helpful in creating natural, alternative treatments to COPD.
When ingested, beta- carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A (retinol), which can then be used by the body for a variety of purposes, or it can simply act as an antioxidant scavenging free radicals.
Since Vitamin A is fat-soluble, it can be over-ingested when taken in supplemental form, so as part of a healthy, balanced diet is the way to go; here’s a list of the top 10 foods highest in beta-carotene.