Wednesday, December 29, 2010

5 HTP for COPD Alternative Treatment Part 2

Other than a 5-HTP for COPD alternative treatment, those that suffer from breathlessness or oxidative distress and chronic inflammation it is important to take antioxidants as those found in green tea or red wine (resveratrol) and/or anti-inflammatory agents to help alleviate inflammation. Also a study done in 2009 by the Respiratory Research, reported that the more soy people consumed the fewer breathing problems they had, particularly breathlessness with COPD patients. At the Kagoshima University Hospital in Japan they found that omega-3 fatty acids improved patients breathing difficulties by offsetting the airway inflammation seen with this disease You can buy a omega-3 fatty acid as a supplement, but foods rich in omega-3’s are oily fish, flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil.

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On the other hand, over the last 100+ years we have consumed more n-6 fatty acids in our diet, such as vegetable oils from corn, sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, cottonseed and soybeans. N-6 fatty acids increase the chance of getting type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension and COPD. That is why it is imperative to add n-3 fatty acids to your diet as a secondary prevention against these conditions.

Skeletal muscle wasting from lack of calories and lung dysfunction are the two main causes of death for patients with COPD. Creatine nutritional supplementation produces increased muscle mass and exercise performance in health. So, people that take creatine and exercise will help them perform everyday activities more easily. Improving lung function and exercising also improves a COPD patient to fall asleep easy and stay asleep during the night. More information regarding COPD sleep tips: Lack of Sleep and COPD.

What makes COPD worse? Along with air pollution and smoking, men are more at risk for developing COPD if they eat a lot of cured meats such as sausage, ham, bologna, bacon and hotdogs as they contain high levels of nitrites that are added to prevent bacterial growth and enhance the meat’s pink color. Burning wood and other biofuels for heat or cooking can cause a higher risk of developing emphysema and other lung related conditions. Biofuels include wood, crops and animal dung. Living in high traffic area creates more air pollution than those who live in less traveled areas.

Treatments other than oral drugs and supplements may include inhaled steroids to improve lung function. These so-called long-acting beta-2 agonist may do more harm than good as they are limited and can cause more risk to pneumonia and other infections.

Over time many patients with end-stage COPD requires intubation and mechanical ventilation to stay alive. Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) can benefit people by improving their ability to exercise and their over-all quality of life by removing the diseased portion of the lung. Although this operation benefits those with COPD in the upper portions of the lung and who have a low exercise capacity than those with emphysema.

For more information about 5-HTP for COPD see 5-HTP for COPD Alternative Treatment Part 1

The content in 5 HTP for COPD Alternative Treatment Part 2 is for information purposes only, intended to raise the awareness of different solutions for your sleep problems and should not be considered medical advice. For medical diagnosis and treatment, please see your qualified health-care professional.
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1 comment:

  1. I had COPD for 9 years. My first symptoms were dry cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. My first chest x-ray only showed bronchitis. Finally I went to a pulmonologist and was diagnosed with COPD.i have used all the medication yet they don’t work, last year December I was told by a formal emphysema patient to use totalcureherbalfoundation@ gmail. com  herbal treatment which I really did,i was surprise the herbal products effectively get rid of my COPD totally. When you get where you cannot breathe it may be too late. Good luck to each and every one that will be trying their herbal treatment .

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