Treating COPD With Diet

The three top killers in the United States are no longer heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Stroke just moved down to number four. Number three is now COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, meaning respiratory disorders such as emphysema. We know we can prevent and even help treat the other top killers with diet (see, for example, Ending Heart Disease and my 4-min. video Cancer Reversal Through Diet?), but what about COPD? Though most COPD is caused by tobacco, up to a third of COPD sufferers never smoked. The title of an editorial in the upcoming June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition describes where some of the remainder of risk is coming from: “More Evidence for the Importance of Nutritional Factors in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

As I explore in my 2-min. video Preventing COPD with Diet, data dating back 50 years found that high intake of fruits and vegetables was positively associated with lung function in general, but does that mean it could prevent COPD? There’s been a burst of new research over the last ten years to answer just that question.

In 2002 we learned that every extra serving of fruit we add to our daily diet may reduce our risk of getting and then eventually dying from COPD. In 2006 we added tea drinking to fruits and vegetables for COPD prevention. In 2007 a twin pair of studies emerged, one from Columbia and another from Harvard, implicating cured meats such as bacon, bologna, ham, hot dogs, sausage, and salami as a risk factor for developing COPD. They thought the nitrite preservatives in the meat might be mimicking the damage done by the nitrites from cigarette smoke (see my 2-min. video When Nitrites Go Bad for more). In 2008, Harvard decided to study women as well and came to the same conclusions. We know now what to go out of our way to eat and what to try to avoid.

In 2009, soy was added to the good list; both tofu and soymilk were found to be protective agents against breathlessness. A 2010 article racked up the benefits of fiber, especially from whole grains, but “Impact of Dietary Shift to Higher-Antioxidant Foods in COPD: A Randomized Trial” was the study we’ve all been waiting for. Sure, the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effects of plant foods can help prevent COPD, but what if you already have the disease? Check out my profile of this landmark study in today’s NutritionFacts.org video pick featured above.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you really were going to infuse lamb carcasses with kiwi fruit juice, would the juice of green or yellow kiwis be healthier? Find out in my 4-min. video Antioxidant Content of 3,139 foods.

Related:
Antioxidants: Plant vs. Animal Foods
The Best Detox
Harvard’s Meat and Mortality Studies

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Natalie L.
Natalie L.about a month ago

After been in pain and sorrow for 2years and 11months, DR.ABEGBU was able to restore my life back with his herbal medicine, my good friends i have been COPD positive for 2years and everyday of my life i cry to God as i was a mother of 2 cute kids who were looking up to me, I was taking my medication from the hospital, I also did some prayers to God that he should do some miracle in my life, my friends this is a life touching story i am sharing with you all on net today, Few Months ago i was browsing on net when i found some good testimonials about DR.ABEGBU spell, and someone recommended that he has cured COPD by DR.ABEGBU , i always had faith that God could use someone to heal me, i contacted DR.ABEGBU and i told him concerning my problem he told me not to worry that with God all things are possible and also that he was going to go on with the curing spell after everythings DR.ABEGBU he advice that i go for check again to see my status result and he assured me of good result, i was afraid at this point cause i never wanted someone to tell me again that i am positive, after 2days i went to the Hospital for check up and they said the result was to come out by Friday, at 11:00am on Friday the hospital Doctor called me and told me that the result was out and i am Negative, i was shocked and could not believe it, i immediately called DR.ABEGBU and told him about the good news he told me to rejoice and make sure i share my testimony with my friends and that is why i am doing this

Natalie L.
Natalie L.about a month ago

After been in pain and sorrow for 2years and 11months, DR.ABEGBU was able to restore my life back with his herbal medicine, my good friends i have been COPD positive for 2years and everyday of my life i cry to God as i was a mother of 2 cute kids who were looking up to me, I was taking my medication from the hospital, I also did some prayers to God that he should do some miracle in my life, my friends this is a life touching story i am sharing with you all on net today, Few Months ago i was browsing on net when i found some good testimonials about DR.ABEGBU spell, and someone recommended that he has cured COPD by DR.ABEGBU , i always had faith that God could use someone to heal me, i contacted DR.ABEGBU and i told him concerning my problem he told me not to worry that with God all things are possible and also that he was going to go on with the curing spell after everythings DR.ABEGBU he advice that i go for check again to see my status result and he assured me of good result, i was afraid at this point cause i never wanted someone to tell me again that i am positive, after 2days i went to the Hospital for check up and they said the result was to come out by Friday, at 11:00am on Friday the hospital Doctor called me and told me that the result was out and i am Negative, i was shocked and could not believe it, i immediately called DR.ABEGBU and told him about the good news he told me to rejoice and make sure i share my testimony with my friends and that is why i am doing this

Natalie L.
Natalie L.about a month ago

After been in pain and sorrow for 2years and 11months, DR.ABEGBU was able to restore my life back with his herbal medicine, my good friends i have been COPD positive for 2years and everyday of my life i cry to God as i was a mother of 2 cute kids who were looking up to me, I was taking my medication from the hospital, I also did some prayers to God that he should do some miracle in my life, my friends this is a life touching story i am sharing with you all on net today, Few Months ago i was browsing on net when i found some good testimonials about DR.ABEGBU spell, and someone recommended that he has cured COPD by DR.ABEGBU , i always had faith that God could use someone to heal me, i contacted DR.ABEGBU and i told him concerning my problem he told me not to worry that with God all things are possible and also that he was going to go on with the curing spell after everythings DR.ABEGBU he advice that i go for check again to see my status result and he assured me of good result, i was afraid at this point cause i never wanted someone to tell me again that i am positive, after 2days i went to the Hospital for check up and they said the result was to come out by Friday, at 11:00am on Friday the hospital Doctor called me and told me that the result was out and i am Negative, i was shocked and could not believe it, i immediately called DR.ABEGBU and told him about the good news he told me to rejoice and make sure i share my testimony with my friends and that is why i am doing this

Natalie L.
Natalie L.about a month ago

After been in pain and sorrow for 2years and 11months, DR.ABEGBU was able to restore my life back with his herbal medicine, my good friends i have been COPD positive for 2years and everyday of my life i cry to God as i was a mother of 2 cute kids who were looking up to me, I was taking my medication from the hospital, I also did some prayers to God that he should do some miracle in my life, my friends this is a life touching story i am sharing with you all on net today, Few Months ago i was browsing on net when i found some good testimonials about DR.ABEGBU spell, and someone recommended that he has cured COPD by DR.ABEGBU , i always had faith that God could use someone to heal me, i contacted DR.ABEGBU and i told him concerning my problem he told me not to worry that with God all things are possible and also that he was going to go on with the curing spell after everythings DR.ABEGBU he advice that i go for check again to see my status result and he assured me of good result, i was afraid at this point cause i never wanted someone to tell me again that i am positive, after 2days i went to the Hospital for check up and they said the result was to come out by Friday, at 11:00am on Friday the hospital Doctor called me and told me that the result was out and i am Negative, i was shocked and could not believe it, i immediately called DR.ABEGBU and told him about the good news he told me to rejoice and make sure i share my testimony with my friends and that is why i am doing this

Natalie L.
Natalie L.about a month ago

After been in pain and sorrow for 2years and 11months, DR.ABEGBU was able to restore my life back with his herbal medicine, my good friends i have been COPD positive for 2years and everyday of my life i cry to God as i was a mother of 2 cute kids who were looking up to me, I was taking my medication from the hospital, I also did some prayers to God that he should do some miracle in my life, my friends this is a life touching story i am sharing with you all on net today, Few Months ago i was browsing on net when i found some good testimonials about DR.ABEGBU spell, and someone recommended that he has cured COPD by DR.ABEGBU , i always had faith that God could use someone to heal me, i contacted DR.ABEGBU and i told him concerning my problem he told me not to worry that with God all things are possible and also that he was going to go on with the curing spell after everythings DR.ABEGBU he advice that i go for check again to see my status result and he assured me of good result, i was afraid at this point cause i never wanted someone to tell me again that i am positive, after 2days i went to the Hospital for check up and they said the result was to come out by Friday, at 11:00am on Friday the hospital Doctor called me and told me that the result was out and i am Negative, i was shocked and could not believe it, i immediately called DR.ABEGBU and told him about the good news he told me to rejoice and make sure i share my testimony with my friends and that is why i am doing this

Natalie L.
Natalie L.about a month ago

After been in pain and sorrow for 2years and 11months, DR.ABEGBU was able to restore my life back with his herbal medicine, my good friends i have been COPD positive for 2years and everyday of my life i cry to God as i was a mother of 2 cute kids who were looking up to me, I was taking my medication from the hospital, I also did some prayers to God that he should do some miracle in my life, my friends this is a life touching story i am sharing with you all on net today, Few Months ago i was browsing on net when i found some good testimonials about DR.ABEGBU spell, and someone recommended that he has cured COPD by DR.ABEGBU , i always had faith that God could use someone to heal me, i contacted DR.ABEGBU and i told him concerning my problem he told me not to worry that with God all things are possible and also that he was going to go on with the curing spell after everythings DR.ABEGBU he advice that i go for check again to see my status result and he assured me of good result, i was afraid at this point cause i never wanted someone to tell me again that i am positive, after 2days i went to the Hospital for check up and they said the result was to come out by Friday, at 11:00am on Friday the hospital Doctor called me and told me that the result was out and i am Negative, i was shocked and could not believe it, i immediately called DR.ABEGBU and told him about the good news he told me to rejoice and make sure i share my testimony with my friends and that is why i am doing this

Philips Mollands
Philips Mollands1 months ago

I found more Courage, Happiness and Faith in me, when I contacted Dr Ayes over the issue I have on me on ground, But all thanks goes to God Almighty for using the great healer called Dr Ayes to heal me and it has been six months from now and I have been free from all diseases. My Names are Angelina Virgina, Living in the US now, I was diagnosed positive of COPD since Two Years Ago now, and I have tried all my possible best I can to get rid of it, but nothing is working out, I have spend hell, spend all my savings but nothing work out, and I even stop smoking and taking alcohol drinks, I have been directed and advise in different types/aspect of cures still yet no changes, One faithful morning, when I was listening to the news at the TV set, and Later on they switch to COPD discussion, and I was really interested in it, I focus my mind listening and a man came and started sharing a testimony about a particular doctor called Dr. Ayes, he said this man has helped thousands of people out there and people still do run to him for help and this has make him 30yrs of experienced in curing people from different diseases and God has been helping him, Mightily, they showed the contact of this great Dr and I quickly copied everything out and contact him immediately, I send all my information's to him and after three days, i received a parcel from him containing the medicine/cure and I was told to use it for Just a week, and I greatly use it and God be all the Glory, I am now negative and

Philips Mollands
Philips Mollands1 months ago

I found more Courage, Happiness and Faith in me, when I contacted Dr Ayes over the issue I have on me on ground, But all thanks goes to God Almighty for using the great healer called Dr Ayes to heal me and it has been six months from now and I have been free from all diseases. My Names are Angelina Virgina, Living in the US now, I was diagnosed positive of COPD since Two Years Ago now, and I have tried all my possible best I can to get rid of it, but nothing is working out, I have spend hell, spend all my savings but nothing work out, and I even stop smoking and taking alcohol drinks, I have been directed and advise in different types/aspect of cures still yet no changes, One faithful morning, when I was listening to the news at the TV set, and Later on they switch to COPD discussion, and I was really interested in it, I focus my mind listening and a man came and started sharing a testimony about a particular doctor called Dr. Ayes, he said this man has helped thousands of people out there and people still do run to him for help and this has make him 30yrs of experienced in curing people from different diseases and God has been helping him, Mightily, they showed the contact of this great Dr and I quickly copied everything out and contact him immediately, I send all my information's to him and after three days, i received a parcel from him containing the medicine/cure and I was told to use it for Just a week, and I greatly use it and God be all the Glory, I am now negative and

Philips Mollands
Philips Mollands1 months ago

Healing from COPD, i never taught DR AYes who could ever get my COPD cured with his healing herbs, i have tried almost everything but i couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy a COPD drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i come across a great post of ! Williams Fran-ca who truly said that she was been diagnose with COPD and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing doctor, sometime i really wonder why people called him Baba Ayes i never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so i quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing i will never forget that anyone who contacted him, is always getting his or her healing after take the herbs cure in a week so i was amazed all the time i heard that from him, so i did all things only to see that at the very day which he said i will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and i became very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so i rush to hospital for the final test. So the disease and the doctor said i am COPD negative, i am very amazed and happy about the healing DR.Ayes gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at Dr's email is: unstopableshrine@gmail.com

Philips Mollands
Philips Mollands1 months ago

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