Improve COPD with three- nutrient cocktail for your eyes

August 25, 2012
Volume 2    |   Issue 66
Did you know that there’s an amazing connection between your lungs and your eyes. And this connection goes beyond the oxygen your lungs bring in for your entire body. Yes, your eyes need a steady flow of oxygen to remain healthy, just as the rest of your body does. But there are more connections than this.

For instance, in 2008, researchers discovered that severe eye pain and rapidly deteriorating eye sight can be early symptoms of sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a chronic lung disease that involves inflammation. This inflammation can spread throughout the body. But early signs often appear in the eyes.

Well, this isn’t the only connection between the lungs and eyes. It turns out many of the nutrients that benefit the eyes also nourish the lungs. The benefits are so strong that they can help relieve many of the symptoms of COPD.

One of those nutrients is N-acytel-L-cysteine or NAC. NAC is a powerful antioxidant, which explains why it helps COPD. COPD is a condition where oxidative stress damages the cells lining the lungs. Many studies show that NAC can help stop and even repair some of this damage.

Two different studies – one in Germany and one in Israel – found that taking 600 mg of NAC twice a day reduced symptoms and improved quality of life for COPD patients. The patients showed marked improvement on lung function tests and exercise endurance. And they were able to inhale and exhale more air.

The second nutrient COPD patients need is alpha lipoic acid or ALA. ALA is another antioxidant that helps repair damaged lung tissues. Several studies show that ALA can repair the damage caused by various sources. For instance, one study found that ALA repairs the damage from sepsis (blood poisoning by bacteria or other germs). And another study found that ALA can alleviate the damage lipopolysaccharides causes. These stimulate the release of metabolites that injure various organs of your body, starting with your lungs – but not if you have enough ALA.

Finally, gingko biloba can dramatically improve your lung function. One study found that it can improve lung function test results by 10-15% in just one to two months. And another study showed that gingko can help heal the lungs from injury.

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What’s amazing about all three of these nutrients is that they’re also great for your eyes. So if you’re taking a formula like Advanced Vision Formula for your eyes, you’re also getting significant protection for your lungs. In fact, many of the ingredients in this formula will benefit your lungs, including L-glutathione, taurine, and lutein.

Your Insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

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