Posted on Feb 25, 2020, 1 p.m.
According to the American Lung Association COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death, and more than 15.3 Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but there may be many more not aware that they are living with it.
COPD refers to a group of progressive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, unfortunately there is no known cure, but there are options to help ease the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Once chronic obstructive pulmonary disease develops inflammatory cytokine levels will increase; oxidants are well known to play key roles in the development of COPD, which is exacerbated by smoking and air pollution which can generate free radicals that can modify the structure of the respiratory tract as well as enhance mechanisms that will sustain the lung inflammation that is characterized in this disease. Antioxidants such as NAC can help to protect the body against the symptoms of COPD and counter the oxidative stress that may be inflicted by free radicals.
NAC was found to directly contrast the oxidants and to interfere with the processes that fuel development if chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a study published in the journal Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine. Respiratory levels of oxidants were observed to lower after administration of NAC, showing that N-acetylcysteine can be an effective complementary therapy to help slow the rate of development and ease the symptoms of COPD.
Along with N-acetylcysteine, consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants such as raspberries may help to protect from the symptoms of this disease. These little red berries contain several essential micronutrients, dietary fiber, and polyphenolic compounds such as anthocyanins and ellagitannins that make them a great addition to any dietary strategy designed to help modulate the inflammatory status in those living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Additionally raspberries carry other health benefits such as being a great source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that contribute to overall good health and well being. They are rich in dietary fiber, manganese and prebiotics which may help with weight loss and improve gut health. A study published in the Journal of Carcinogenesis found the antioxidant phytochemicals inhibit carcinogenesis by preventing cell damage by neutralizing free radicals. Antioxidants were shown to improve brain health and the neurological system in another study published in the journal Nutrients. Additionally, the anti-aging zeaxanthin antioxidant content helps to filter out blue light rays to help protect the eyes from age related macular degeneration which can lead to retinal damage and vision loss.
Adding certain foods and supplements to the diet can help to protect against and ease symptoms of diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Time and time again diet has been shown to be an essential factor in maintaining overall health and disease prevention.
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