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What botanicals do you recommend for advancing COPD?

Q. Dear Terry, “What botanicals do you recommend for advancing COPD?” — Mary V., Huntsville, AL

A. Dear Mary, I think diet is extremely important, so the best recommendation I can give anyone with an upper respiratory condition is to start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from their diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, and lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. You can also eat nuts, seeds and berries. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.

I do have some options that I believe will make a significant difference. However, I would encourage you to consult with your healthcare practitioner - I think the best health outcomes are achieved when all those involved are in the loop and cooperating.

When it comes to respiratory health, I would first recommend adding boswellia to your 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 boswellia twice daily.

It’s 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. You also want a boswellia extract that includes high levels of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

You may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). 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 suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients three times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.

Healthy Regards! 

Terry . . . Naturally


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