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Vitamins and COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. The term COPD encompasses emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. As more people suffer from chronic lung disease and more studies are conducted to find ways to improve the quality of patients’ lives, simple truths are uncovered. One such is the discovery of a correlation between nutrition and the severity of COPD.

A healthy diet full of necessary vitamins and minerals is essential for every person’s good health. For people suffering from COPD, maintaining proper vitamin levels in the body is essential. A study published by Science Daily on December 2, 2014, found that Vitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups by over 40 percent. Researchers from the University of London tracked 240 patients for several months and measured the impact of vitamin D supplements on lung disease flare-ups. Patients with lung diseases, such as COPD, saw severity and duration of flare-up symptoms reduced from continued use of the vitamin D tablets.

Vitamin D and Calcium

According to a recent study published in the UK-based journal  The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, vitamin D supplements can protect against COPD flare-ups–referred to in British publications as “exacerbations.”

Those with COPD have an increased risk of osteoporosis. Vitamin D can reduce the risk of osteoporosis by facilitating the body’s absorption of calcium. People with COPD should supplement with vitamin D and calcium together. Doses of 800 international units (IU) (20 mcg)/day of vitamin D, plus calcium, have been shown to provide some protection against osteoporosis by reducing the risk for falling and osteoporotic fractures. The authors of a 2011 study published by the National Institutes of Health raise the question of whether preventing vitamin D deficiency by taking vitamin supplements may actually “reverse the natural course of the disease.”

Take Action

If you have questions about the possible benefits of vitamins or supplements for your lung disease, consult your doctor. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about cellular therapy treatment options, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065.


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  2. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Janice,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the struggles you have been having with COPD and mucus in your chest. It’s best to discuss vitamins and supplements with your doctor before you try them. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you and may have suggestions about which vitamins and brands could work best for you.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Janice koniar

    2 years ago

    I have copd and struggle with mucus in chest between allergic plus I quit smoke at least 10 months ago. I beg you gave me name brand of vitmans and vitmans d could good for my lung to improve some better.

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  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello David,

    For many people with chronic lung diseases, taking vitamins, trying herbal supplements or trying natural remedies helps them feel better. For example, many herbs have anti-inflammatory properties and can also help to expel phlegm. We recommend talking with your doctor before starting or changing your current treatment plan.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. david sutton

    2 years ago


  7. Steve Howell

    3 years ago

    Dear Ms. Moorafin,

    Since everyone’s condition is unique, we recommend you consult your doctor about any supplements or medications. We certainly hope you aren’t developing COPD and wish you the best.


  8. Carol Moorafin

    3 years ago

    My mother died of copd and I think I might be in the early stages od copd. Pleade tell me the best vitamins of D and calicum to take! Also is it 20mg of each ?

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