COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects the lungs and causes breathing problems, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, and chronic cough. To be more precise, this disease is described as a progressive lung disease. COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.
There are 30 million people in the United States who are affected by this disease.
What causes COPD?
People in their 40s or over who have a history of smoking cigarettes are more likely to develop a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People who smoke and have smoked have 90% higher risk of developing COPD.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a genetic risk factor which increases the chances of developing emphysema. It is a condition when the body produces low levels of a protein that protects the lungs.
People who have had contact with toxins like chemicals, dust, and fumes in the work environment are more likely to develop COPD.
According to a study, lung tissue can be regenerated
A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is treated with medications, bronchodilators, inhaled or oral steroids. However, Dr. Gloria De Carlo Massaro and Dr. Donald Massaro conducted a study at Georgetown University School of Medicine which has shown that this disease can be treated naturally. The lab experiment included rats that were given a derivative of vitamin A-ATRA injections every day. This treatment has been shown to regenerate the ability of an adult rat to produce alveoli. Dr. Massaro adds that cigarette smoke inhibits the absorption of vitamin A. Cigarettes contain benzopyrene which is a carcinogen.
Beta-carotene and vitamin A
Beta-carotene is found in plants. It is a pigment which gives the color to certain fruits and vegetables. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. So, it is important to increase the intake of vitamin A and beta-carotene.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, romaine lettuce, squash, cantaloupe, sweet red peppers, dried apricots, peas, broccoli are a rich source of beta-carotene. Include these foods in your daily diet.
The Linus Pauling Institute recommends eating beta-carotene foods with foods which contain healthy rich fats. Also, consume fresh fruit and vegetable juices.