Plant Compound Found to Reverse Lung Damage Associated with COPD

The term COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which covers a wide spectrum of diseases like bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. It is widely spread all over the world and it even takes the fifth place of death cause in the world, only in the is the third-leading cause of death.

However, there is a natural remedy which can reverse lung damage and successfully fight against it.

According to the estimation of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) around 12 million people have undiagnosed COPD. On the other hand, the National Emphysema Foundation maintains that 3.1 million Americans have emphysema, and 11.2 million are officially diagnosed with COPD.

There are many factors that contribute to the development of COPD, including genetic factors, smoking habit, and long-term environmental factors like ongoing exposures to toxins and fumes. The conventional medicine maintains that COPD is not reversible and curable, and because of that it progresses quickly leading to fatal results. Moreover, most doctors state that the lung tissue cannot be regenerated. Since it is a dangerous disease the Big Pharma promotes the use of more chemicals and recommends surgeries in order to buy time, at great expense.

Yet, it has been recently discovered that lung tissue can be regenerated according to newly performed studies, thanks to the simple derivative of vitamin A, all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA).

Dr. Donald Massaro, one of the study’s authors, performed clinical trials on mice that needed only 12 days to grow healthy new alveoli. Alveoli are small air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide move between the lungs and the bloodstream, and their production ends in childhood. However, thanks to the applied treatment the adult rat regenerated its ability to produce alveoli.

According to a 2003 study released in Journal of Nutrition (Vols. 130 and 133) “Vitamin A Depletion Induced by Cigarette Smoke Is Associated with the Development of Emphysema in Rats”, revealed the reason why cigarette smoking is the main cause of emphysema.

British scientists in the mail online article: “Vitamin ‘cure’ for emphysema” stated that that retinoic acid reversed emphysema damaged lungs in mice, which is usually used in the acne treatment.

Products high in vitamin A, (which can also be consumed as beta-carotene) can be of great assistance in creating natural, alternative treatments to COPD.

The beta-carotene is being converted into vitamin A (retinol) when it gets ingested, which the body uses it for various purposes, or it can be just a great antioxidant agent eliminating the harmful free radicals.

The best way to take in Vitamin A is through a healthy balanced diet as it is fat-soluble, as it can be over-ingested taken in supplemental form. See the following list of the top 10 foods highest in beta-carotene.