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9 Supplements for Healthy Lungs

The ability to breathe properly is fundamental to good health. Don't take the health of your respiratory system for granted, even if you are not a smoker - consider these supplements, which can help to promote lung health:

  1. Daily multivitamin. Look for products containing 15,000 IU of mixed carotenoids, including beta-carotene.
  2. Vitamin C. This water-soluble vitamin can provide additional protection against the oxidative effects of air pollution and smoke.
  3. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This powerful antioxidant can improve the use of oxygen at the cellular level.
  4. Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms. These Chinese medicinal mushrooms may be useful in promoting optimal respiratory efficiency and protecting against chronic lung disease.
  5. B vitamins. Especially B6, may help protect against lung cancer by supporting immune function.
  6. Vitamin D. This fat-soluble hormone may help prevent the cellular changes that promote lung cancer.
  7. Aspirin. A daily aspirin may reduce the risk of lung cancer through its anti-inflammatory properties.
  8. Mullein. The flowers and leaves of this Mediterranean native can help relieve dry, bronchial coughs and help alleviate chest congestion.
  9. Zhu ling (Polyporus umbellatus). This mushroom may be particularly useful in protecting against lung cancer: Research suggests it may help stimulate the body's immune response against lung tumors.

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Thank you,

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

On behalf of Dr. Weil thank you so much for your support and efforts!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterModerator

Hi Dr. Weils, Thanks for this information. I am looking for information about lungs to try to help my father-inlaw.
He has been recently dianosed with enphazema. Hopefully some of these supplaments will help him.
Thanks Annie

September 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Pruett

Greetings Annie:
Here are some general tips from Dr. Weil
Here are some suggestions to protect lungs from further damage:

* Take antioxidant vitamins and minerals.
* Take a daily supplement of coenzyme Q10 supplement (CoQ10), which can improve the use of oxygen at the cellular level. Take 60 mg twice a day of the softgel form, which is best absorbed when taken with a meal containing some fat.
* Take the Chinese medicinal mushroom cordyceps, which may be useful in chronic lung disease. Look for capsules of cordyceps extract and follow the dosage directions on the product label.
* Increase your dietary sources of carotenes, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow squash and leafy green vegetables. Do not take straight beta-carotene supplements, however, as in smokers they may increase the chances of other lung problems. Your best bet is the mixed carotenoids found in these foods.
* Get regular exercise to build up your stamina. However, make sure your doctor approves before you begin an exercise program.
* Maintain normal weight. If you're overweight, your heart has to work harder, and you're more likely to experience shortness of breath. If you're underweight, you will have lower energy stores to draw from.
* Try to avoid exposure to air pollution, which can worsen emphysema symptoms. Stay indoors when ozone levels are unhealthy and pollution levels are high.
* See your doctor promptly if you develop a cold or the flu, both of which can worsen symptoms. Be sure to get flu shots annually and ask your physician about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered

Dr, Weil,
I had chemo and radiation for breast cancer and I'm on coumadin everyday,can I take soy and can I take Q10?
Thank you.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJOAN

Hi Dr Weil,
I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis in Sept, 2000.
Long story short, I am now taking 5mg of prednisone every other day;
ride between 5 & 20 miles daily on stationary bicycle; drink
about 2 qts of water daily. What else should I do to keep
my lungs healthy? Thank you! Karen

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

hello. my dear granny was diagnosed with kennel cough and nearly died. she is 80 but only one year ago was spry and mostly healthy. the doctors gave her the antibiotic she and improved at first, but again she feels so weak and can hardly stand without getting winded. she is taking several medications now & i want to help her with herbs and supplements but i don't know which ones would be best... any advice would be appreciated o wise one. kyle the girl

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkyle
Aspirin???? Really Dr.Weil??? Is it really the best option when it causes stomach ulcerations and such? we have other anti-inflammatories like Turmeric and there are studies that show that Rutin is a much better alternative for daily use.

Please update this list so I can comfortably share it with my clients.
Sincerely, Kristin
February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

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