There is little doubt that each one of us is hunting the holy grail. That magic pill that will make us better. Lead us to boundless energy. To go about our day without breathlessness. And that is very normal. After all many of us have had to change our entire lives because of our illness. A lot of us have become disabled, and we yearn for that magic pill that will rid us of bad lungs.
I have to tell you that there is not. At least at this present time. That I know of anything that will make us better. But. There are things out there that can help to stabilise us. To make us feel better. And even to prolonging our lives. But be warned. There is the good. And the bad. There are lots of people out there willing to take your cash for their benefit while offering you a service that they know will not do anything good at all. Most these potions will claim they can cure just about any ailment you have heard of. Because those selling these products know. If it would make us better. We would take the most vile, expensive medication it was possible to find.
After much searching and testing I have found three that I can recommend. I make no promises for you. But I firmly believe they help me.
Vitamin D3 supplement. I read a research paper some years ago that stated it was believed vitamin D would help poorly lungs. And that it was found most with COPD had low levels of D3. More research concluded D raised the immune system and was important to many functions of the body including protecting the bones. In reality D is a hormone essential to not only our well being. But our general health too. After reading this research I started taking a 5,000 iu capsule of D3 a day and have continued to every day of the year since. My wife has also takes the same and it seems to have improved her health. I still get exacerbations at times caused by lung inflammation. But I don’t get colds. I have not had flu. My general health if you exclude my lungs is good. And my FEV1 is stable.
The good news is vitamin D is very inexpensive and easily obtainable in all countries. If you live in a place where this is not ample sunshine. Or where there is but you do not go out much. D could help you. It takes a couple of months to get the full value of this sunshine capsule. But believe me. This is one I will not leave out. Before I started to take vitamin D I used to also suffer from SAD. The winter seasonal depressive disorder caused by lack of sunshine. Since taking this supplement I have not suffered from SAD. Which is amazing in itself.
Late last year after doing more research. Don’t I love my research papers. I came across Hemp seed oil. Yes OK. Oil made from cannabis seeds. When I first heard of it I was amused. Was I now about to become a junkie to help in my quest for that magic potion. I had no need to worry as quickly learned it is impossible to get high from the oil. And is legal in Europe. Reading further I was amazed with the qualities Hemp seed oil offered. Better omega -3 qualities than fish oil, Sterols that lower cholesterol, rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium and containing an excellent balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is easy to see how it helps protect your heart and cardiovascular system. Also supporting the immune system while being good for skin and nails. With other claims Hemp seed oil aids us with lung problems. Including lowering inflammation this was one that had to be tried.
I ordered hemp seed oil from Amazon, and started to take 2 teaspoons a day. Most noticeable is arms that were bruised often because of steroids taken are no longer covered in bruises. And my nails and skin seem more healthy. When I used to wake in the morning I would hear a sound like a very fast heartbeat as I lay on my right side on the pillow, a bit like the sound of a fast train. That is no more. Whatever that was seems to have been stopped by the hemp seed oil. Strange but true.
The latest for my test is a 600mg day capsule of NAC. (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine ). This gained my attention because a prescribed medication to thin mucus called Mucodyne gave me stomach problems. Often I felt queasy, or had pain when using it. After learning that NAC thinned mucus, and NAC was reputed to reduce inflammation I decided there was little to lose. Amazingly this was another product available on Amazon so quickly ordered it. I can say it does thin the mucus. And I feel fine. Another that will as long as it continues to do this that will be kept on my list. I cannot comment on reduction of inflammation in the lungs. But have had little problems other than weather related breathless this last few months.
All three of these products are inexpensive. I have covered only a little about each one, so you may like to Google each to read about claimed benefits yourself. Yes I still get breathless. No I am not cured. But can claim to not have had the awful problem that have beset many others that have copd this winter. I am not going to claim any of these will help you. We are all different even though I believe they have each benefited me. But you may decide they are worth a try. If you do don’t forget to let me know if any of these helped you.
My next blog is going to be about how weather effects us and how to prepare for being breathless by listening to the weather forecast. For now though Breathe easy. Try to bring a smile to your lips for there is always someone worse off than ourselves, stay active, and most of all be positive..