When something is so automatic and effortless you don’t even think about doing it, we say, “It’s like breathing.”
But for some 16 million Americans, breathing ISN’T effortless. For these folks, every single breath is difficult. They struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
COPD is a group of inflammatory lung conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These conditions make it hard to breathe and get gradually worse over time. They can lead to life-sapping fatigue and often poor quality of life.
But new research offers a way to ease COPD symptoms in many cases. It could allow you to reclaim some control over your life again. And all you need to do it is a single mineral.
A common mineral could help ease COPD
Magnesium is easy enough to get. Inexpensive, too. Yet most people fall short.
Up to 80 percent of older Americans miss their targets for the mineral. And for folks battling COPD, magnesium deficiency is even more common because even the simple act of eating can be exhausting.
But new research reveals why you or any loved ones with COPD should try to boost your magnesium levels ASAP. Because it could turn things around in two critical ways.
A boost in magnesium can lead to improvements in your:
- health-related quality of life
- overall nutritional status
That first one’s a biggie. Because it’s not just a measure of your health status but also how it impacts your overall wellbeing. And that includes the physical, social, and psychological toll COPD takes on your life.
Tackling those is a tall order when it comes to chronic diseases. Yet the study finds magnesium can often do the trick, as folks with moderate to severe COPD typically have significantly higher scores in all those areas when their magnesium levels jump.
They also tend to have better overall nutritional status, which leads to healthier body weight. This can be vital in COPD patients who are often underweight because of the toll the disease takes.
Other tricks for better breathing
Magnesium is a great place to start if you’re battling COPD symptoms. But don’t stop there. Other natural solutions could help ease some of your symptoms.
First, eat more fresh fruit, as research published a few years ago found more produce – especially apples and tomatoes – was linked to a slower decline in lung function in ex-smokers.
Second, boost your intake of a unique form of fiber called fermentable fiber, a category that includes beans and legumes. A study on mice found increasing this type of fiber, in particular, led to less inflammation in the lungs.
And third, talk to your doctor about supplementing with ginseng to ease your COPD symptoms. In one study of folks with some of the worst lung damage of all… smokers… ginseng was associated with a 57 percent improvement in breathing and a 37.5 percent jump in a critical measure called VO2max.
I shared all the exciting details from that research in my earlier report, “Fix the lingering lung damage of smoking – FAST.”
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