The study showed that vitamin E reduces the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10%.Although the effect of vitamin therapy in the prevention of COPD is fairly modest, it is, in fact, is an important discovery in the prevention of degenerative lung condition for which at present is not developed therapy.
main symptoms of COPD - persistent cough, shortness of breath and malaise.COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in developed countries.For this type of diseases include emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis (threat every smoker).
The study involved 39,876 women over 45 years without any signs of COPD.Participants received placebo, vitamin E (in an amount of 600 IU per day) or aspirin (at a dosage of 100 mg per day).Watching participants lasted ten years.At the end of the study in
Scientists estimate that the regular intake of vitamin E the risk of COPD disease reduced by 10% with placebo or aspirin isolated COPD.Interestingly, the results of this study, female smokers are four times more likely to develop COPD.So, according to the Lung, the best preventive measure to combat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is smoking cessation.
However, the incidence of asthma that can lead to emphysema, from taking the vitamin has not changed.
assumption that vitamin E can prevent COPD has biological underpinnings.It is known that vitamin A, C and E are a group of antioxidants that can stop the pathological process of oxidative stress in the lung tissue underlying COPD.
has previously been shown that vitamin D and antioxidants can improve the lung status.Scientists have also been able to demonstrate that a regular intake of vitamins C and E, improves lung function and reduces the production of sputum.Rales in the lungs and bronchial secretions overproduction are also symptoms of COPD.
The recommended daily intake of vitamin E for people over 14 years is 22 IU, and this dose is sufficient to easily replenished from vegetable oils.
The doses used in the study were significantly higher and reached 300 IU.However, according to doctors, this level corresponds to an average dose of vitamin E consumption in the country with a variety of vitamin supplements.The dose of 300 IU five times lower than the allowable maximum safe dose of vitamin E per day, which is 1,500 IU.In excess doses of 1,500 IU may develop bleeding and coagulation disorders.Therefore, high doses of vitamin E is not recommended for people taking aspirin or other drugs that reduce blood clotting.
Vitamins, especially antioxidants, can help those patients who have a high risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
This study opens up a new direction by scientists in the prevention of COPD.Diet therapy with an increased intake of vitamin E could be the salvation for all patients, and the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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