Many people are aware of the benefits proper levels of vitamins and minerals in the body may offer. However, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases may benefit from vitamins to a greater degree than other people. In fact, our health care team at Lung Health Institute can tell you there are 2 vitamins that may help promote the repair of tissue in the lungs.
2 Vitamins That May Help Repair Lung Tissue
Ideally, the best treatment for chronic lung disease is to avoid its causes, especially smoking. However, smoking remains the number one cause of chronic lung conditions like COPD. The reason smoking is so likely to cause chronic lung disease is that it causes severe oxidative damage to the lungs. If you already have COPD or another chronic lung condition, though, there are 2 vitamins that may help promote the repair of lung tissue. The first is vitamin C.
Vitamin C is vital to many of your body’s processes, but there’s one trait it has that makes it potentially helpful for chronic lung disease patients: it’s an antioxidant. With many chronic lung conditions, lung damage and inflammation is caused by free radicals and toxins introduced by smoking and other sources.
Vitamin C has properties that allow it to fight back against free radicals and toxins, and it also helps your body flush out these potentially damaging molecules. By helping your body remove toxins and free radicals, vitamin C may lower lung tissue damage rates and give your body an opportunity to repair these tissues. It’s also water-soluble, which means it’s unlikely to build up to toxic levels in your body.
Vitamin A is a second vitamin that may be helpful for chronic lung disease patients. This vitamin is critical to the functioning of your immune system. It’s also a vital player in the ability of your cells to grow and differentiate, which means to become different types of cells as they grow. Thanks to these properties, getting enough vitamin A in your diet through foods or supplements may help your body initiate its natural repair process in the lungs.
While vitamin A can be helpful, it’s also fat-soluble, which means it can build up in your body and become toxic. Prolonged overdosing on vitamin A can even lead to liver and bone issues. Therefore, it’s critical that you speak to your doctor or dietitian before beginning a vitamin A supplement.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Find Ways to Get the Helpful Vitamins Your Lungs Need
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute is well aware of the benefits certain vitamins and minerals may offer for your chronic lung disease. That’s why we’ve made getting the vitamins and minerals you need a cornerstone of our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI2™) plans. For instance, our AI2 plans provide nutrition tips and a supply of helpful supplements that may help your body get all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it needs to promote lung health.
We also offer cellular therapy, which uses your body’s own cells in ways that may help promote lung tissue repair and reduce inflammation.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.