The growing number of patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases is an excellent reason to pay more attention to your lung health. One way you may be able to improve the health of your lungs is with vitamins, and the Lung Health Institute reveals two vitamins that are good for your lungs.
2 Vitamins That Are Good for Your Lungs
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute is aware that specific vitamins can be good for the lungs. However, we’re also aware that you may not know which vitamins support your lung health the best.
One vitamin that effectively supports lung health is vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and this quality may be particularly helpful if you have a chronic lung condition. Oxidative stress caused by free radicals and toxins is one factor that often causes damage to your lung tissues if you have a chronic lung disease, but antioxidants, like vitamin E, may help the body remove free radicals and toxins before they can cause more damage to your lungs.
Vitamin E may also help to reduce lung tissue inflammation, and it’s available in supplement form or foods such as:
A second vitamin that’s good for your lungs is vitamin D. This vitamin is commonly associated with regulating calcium levels and helping to build strong bones and teeth. However, vitamin D may also help protect your lungs from respiratory infections. It has even been shown to help reduce the risk of COPD symptom flare-ups, which are known as exacerbations.
It’s also not difficult to get an adequate amount of vitamin D. For one thing, your body can produce it naturally from sunlight. Vitamin D is also available in supplement form, and there are also high amounts of this vitamin in foods like salmon, tuna and egg yolks.
Both vitamin E and vitamin D may have excellent benefits for your lungs, but there’s also something you should be aware of if you’re considering increasing the amount of these vitamins you’re taking in. This vital piece of information is both of these vitamins are fat-soluble, and this means they can build up to toxic levels in your body and cause severe problems if you’re consistently taking in too much of them. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before increasing your intake of vitamins E and D.
Lung Health Institute Can Help Chronic Lung Disease Patients Get the Vitamins They Need
At Lung Health Institute, our health care team knows many vitamins and minerals can support your lung health. For this reason, we’ve made supplements and getting helpful vitamins and minerals through nutrition cornerstones of our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans offer tips and tricks that may also help boost your immune system and train your body to use fats to fight lung inflammation.
In addition, we also offer cellular therapy, which uses your body’s own cells in ways that may promote lung tissue repair and reduce inflammation.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.