People who are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should immediately begin looking into steps to improve their breathing and quality of life. COPD creates difficulties in breathing that make your daily life challenging. Eventually, it can lead to respiratory failure, heart failure and other serious conditions.
Treatments can help reduce the progression of your COPD and control the severity of its symptoms, but they cannot completely cure the disease. Your physician will recommend a treatment for you based on the severity of your COPD and other factors like age, weight, smoking history and medical history.
It’s important to follow your physician’s instructions if you want to keep your lungs functioning. You should also look into supplemental treatment methods that can help improve your life with COPD.
Vitamins that can supplement your COPD treatments
Some vitamins can provide your body the fuel it needs to improve lung function. While it’s a good thing to consume more of these vitamins for your lung health and overall health, you should remember that they are not a replacement for your prescribed treatments.
Vitamins that can help improve the quality of life of people with COPD include:
- Vitamin D — Vitamin D helps promote immune cell activity and increase anti-inflammatory responsiveness in your body. Try using vitamin D supplements if you do not get enough vitamin D from your regular diet.
- Vitamin A — Vitamin A helps your body repair damaged lung tissue. Those with more vitamin A in their diet may experience a slower progression of COPD.
- Vitamin C & E — Low levels of vitamin C and E are known to cause more coughing, wheezing and congestion, which can make your symptoms of COPD more difficult to live with. Smoking has been shown to cause lower levels of vitamin E.
- Zinc — Zinc can help lower the severity of your COPD symptoms.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
Whether you consume plenty of vitamins or are not getting enough, you can benefit from Lung Restoration Treatment™ at the Lung Health Institute. This treatment has helped improve the lung function of more than 85 percent of our patients, and it can help you too. Contact us today to talk to a patient coordinator about treating your COPD and discover how we can help you Breathe Easier™.