Could Antioxidants Be The Breath Of Relief For COPD Sufferers?

In the article Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals in COPD – Implications and Relevance for Treatment, effective therapeutic antioxidants that target free radicals are urgently needed.Most previous studies have investigated only single antioxidants, but the authors suggest a combination of several antioxidants is more likely to show benefit in controlling the cardinal symptoms of COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is a progressive inflammatory lung disease that causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and large amounts of mucus. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long term exposure to other lung irritants – such as air pollution, dust, or chemical fumes – can also contribute to COPD.

Unfortunately, current treatment options for COPD are usually not adequate to control airway inflammation and fail to stop disease progression. Inflammation causes oxidative stress and this increases free radical generation from respiratory, immune, and inflammatory cells.

As Domej and his colleagues state in their article Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals in COPD – Implications and Relevance for Treatment, effective therapeutic antioxidants that target free radicals are urgently needed.Most previous studies have investigated only single antioxidants, but the authors suggest a combination of several antioxidants is more likely to show benefit in controlling the cardinal symptoms of COPD.

There is also research from I, Rahman that suggests that "Oxidative stress is an important feature in the pathogenesis of COPD. Targeting oxidative stress with antioxidants or boosting the endogenous levels of antioxidants is likely to be beneficial in the treatment of COPD."

When you look at this together this does suggest that there could be benefit from antioxidants for sufferers of COPD.

To read Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals in COPD – Implications and Relevance for Treatment click here.

Topics: All Blog Articles, Lung health, Mitochondrial Health

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