One of the biggest problems COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) sufferers have is the damage done to their lungs. Most doctors will tell you the damage is irreversible. However, I don't believe that's always true.
With the worst cases of COPD, there's a lot of damage to the lungs and the airways. There's inflammation, scar tissue, and a lack of blood flow. Perhaps the hardest tissue to restore is that of long-term smokers. In these cases, the damage may be irreversible. But researchers have found something that will improve many of these difficult cases.
In this study, the researchers wanted to see if the proteolytic enzyme serrapeptase could help with COPD. This is the same serrapeptase I told you about a few weeks ago for use with frozen shoulder. You may remember that silkworms produce serrapeptase to dissolve their cocoons. And it works in a similar way to dissolve scar and other dead and damaged tissue in your body.
The researchers knew that the Japanese use serrapeptase in clinical practice. So they investigated its effect on how much mucus COPD patients produce, along with other symptoms.
To conduct the study, the researchers gave the patients either 30 mg of serrapeptase or a placebo every day for four weeks. On the first day of the study, they collected sputum samples for about four hours in the morning and again after the four weeks were over.
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The researchers measured the amount of sputum by weighing it. Then they took part of each sputum sample, weighed it, and then completely dried and re-weighed it. And they assessed the patients' other symptoms using a questionnaire that used a visual analogue scale to measure the symptoms.
After four weeks, the researchers found that the serrapeptase group had significant decreases in almost all of their symptoms. For instance, their sputum weight in the morning, percentage solid component, viscosity and elasticity of sputum, and sputum neutrophil count all went down. That suggests the amount of mucus and the density of the mucus they were producing went down. And the frequency of coughing and frequency of expectoration significantly decreased as well.
That's big news. To see this type of change in just four weeks is unheard of. It also shows that many of the problems COPD patients struggle with can be relieved. And serrapeptase can be a big part of that relief. You can find serrapeptase online and in most health food stores.
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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.