Fighting lung inflammation with Vitamins and Minerals

Inflammation feels like dragon breath if you have Asthma!

If you're fighting asthma, you're fighting inflammation. When nasty things in the air become irritants for us to breathe and enter the lungs, the body reacts quickly in defense. Unfortunately some of the things the body does to protect itself from these irritants make breathing difficult.

Airways can become swollen and inflamed. In defense the body releases free radicals, the harmful oxygen molecules that make the inflammation worse. So for people with asthma, the airways tend to stay inflamed long after the attack is over. An asthma attack can be stopped when the inflammation is reduced.

A few things that can help with this inflammation are foods high in Vitamin C, Selenium and other antioxidants. The 3 antiocidants that appear to help the most are Selenium, Vitamins C and E. Plus, many foods can help as well; especially fish which has been shown to refuce inflammation throughout the body, including the lungs.

I don't have asthma but do have COPD which is another disease that affects the lungs. I try to drink a cup of Green Tea every single morning since it is high in antioxidants.

Selenium is a trace mineral so you don't need a lot of it. It can be found in Meats, Chicken, seafood and mostly Brazil Nuts. One Brazil Nut contains 120 micrograms of selenium, while the amount recommended to help with asthma is only 70 micrograms.

Halibut, steamed oysters, spinach and black-eyed peas are high in magnesium, a  mineral that can help you breathe easily again. Magnesium relaxes the muscles in the airways and helps more air get through.

And don't forget Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish which reduce inflammation in the lungs!
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