Breathing comes so naturally that you often don’t even think about it, but the health of your lungs is incredibly important. Your lungs can be damaged from respiratory illness, pollutants such as smoke and dust, and allergens. Most people pay no attention to their breathing until they experience some sort of lung-related problem. However, your lungs need to be taken care of just like all your other organs.
Since your lungs have the most contact with oxygen, they are the most susceptible to oxidative stress from the environment. When oxidative stress in the lungs is chronic, it can cause damage that may lead to several lung diseases.
CoQ10 For Lung Support
Adding a CoQ10 supplement to your routine may provide excellent support for healthier lungs since it functions primarily as an antioxidant. One study investigated the benefit of supplementing CoQ10 in people with asthma. After 32 weeks (about 7 and a half months) of CoQ10 supplementation, researchers found decreased oxidative stress in the lungs of these asthmatic participants. They concluded that CoQ10 may play a key role in supporting the lungs from oxidative stress.
NAC Is Amazing!
Protecting your body from oxidative damage sounds important, right? Absolutely! In addition to neutralizing free radicals due to oxidative stress, NAC offers powerful support for immune health, lung health, and respiration. Acting as an expectorant, NAC can help loosen mucus in your air passageways, making breathing easier. In addition, NAC helps replenish crucial glutathione levels in your lungs and can help to reduce inflammation in your bronchial tubes and lung tissue.
Glutathione Can Be Great
As an antioxidant, glutathione helps prevent free radical damage to cellular components. This is a key reason why it provides major nutritional support to the lungs. When the lungs are exposed to too much oxidative stress (due to environmental toxins, or infections from bacteria or virus), glutathione concentrations in the lungs become depleted. This immediately places stress on the lungs and reduces their natural capacity to fight viral and bacterial infections. To prevent this, you want to be sure to have adequate amounts of glutathione. Taking glutathione orally has been studied for its ability to help restore glutathione levels in the lungs.
A Multivitamin Is Key
One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy, inside and out, is to make sure your diet is full of organic fruits and veggies to get the important vitamins and nutrients you need. Research has shown that natural-source vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and other carotenoids, vitamin A, fatty acids and some minerals all play a protective role against several lung diseases. You can get these vitamins and minerals from a well-rounded diet or add a high-quality multivitamin to your daily nutritional routine.
The Bottom Line
Although you might not think about it, your lungs are always hard at work supplying oxygen to your body. Next time you take a deep breath of fresh air, remember to thank your lungs!
Jenny Perez is an herbal educator, researcher, and writer who has been immersed in the field of nutrition and botanical medicine for more than 20 years. Jenny has created curriculum, content, and educational materials for Quantum Nutrition Labs, Premier Research Labs, the American Botanical Council, and Bastyr University’s Botanical Medicine Department where she was Adjunct Faculty, Herb Garden Manager, and Director of the Holistic Landscape Design certificate program.