My sister, 64 years old, was recently diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Q. Dear Terry, “My sister, 64 years old, was recently diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Do you have any recommendations that may help?” — Bobbie A., Jackson, MS
A. Dear Bobbie, Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly.
While I do have some recommendations, I strongly encourage your sister to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with her physician. Her physician may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.
When it comes to respiratory health, I would first recommend your sister add a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract to her daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract twice daily.
Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract
I would also recommend supplementing with a combination of English Ivy and Thyme extracts. When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. I would suggest approximately 250-500 mg of this herbal combination three times daily. This combination functions as an expectorant (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytic (breaks up congestion). Make sure to look for a product that contains an English Ivy extract standardized for Hederacoside-C and a Thyme extract that is standardized for essential oil content.
Terry . . . Naturally