Natural treatments are something that many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions are interested in exploring. Spices in food are a natural treatment that can work great for lung patients. They’re easy to add into your lung-healthy diet, and certain spices, such as turmeric, offer many benefits to COPD patients.
3 Lung Health Benefits Turmeric May Offer
Out of all the spices you could add to your diet, turmeric offers some significant benefits for COPD patients.
For instance, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory thanks to a compound it contains called curcumin. In some medical studies, curcumin has been shown to reduce the activity of toxins that create inflammation. It also inhibits the activity of inflammatory enzymes, and curcumin may even prevent the activation of inflammation-causing proteins.
A second benefit turmeric offers is: it’s a potent antioxidant. Oxidants are molecules that cause damage to the body’s cells, and they’re also known as free radicals. They are held in check and removed by other molecules called antioxidants, and the curcumin found in turmeric is one such antioxidant. In fact, turmeric can help your body neutralize free radicals such as superoxide, hydroxyl and hydrogen peroxide, and neutralizing these free radicals may help reduce inflammation in the lungs.
Acting as an expectorant is the third benefit turmeric offers COPD patients. One of the most common symptoms of COPD is the excess production of mucus, and this excess mucus tends to build up in the airways and make it harder to breathe. Turmeric has been shown to break down mucus, which makes it easier for your body to remove the mucus from its airways. The break down and removal of mucus may also help relieve coughing and improve your ability to breathe.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Take Advantage of Turmeric and Other Natural COPD Treatments
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute knows how valuable natural treatments like turmeric can be for COPD patients.
In fact, we’ve created lung-healthy recipes that contain turmeric, such as our steak nacho skillet, perfect cup of joe and curried pork stew recipes. If you want to take advantage of turmeric and other ingredients that may help your COPD, check out one of the 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans we offer.
We also offer a treatment option known as cellular therapy. This procedure uses platelets, proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells taken from a small sample of your own blood. These concentrated cells are returned to your body where they may help reduce inflammation and promote healing in lung tissue.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.