For COPD, the following supplements have helped me a lot:
Twice a day:
- CoQ10 - two 60 mg (take w/food that has fat)
- NAC - 600 mg
- Vit D3 - 10,000 IU
- Vit C - 1000 minimum
- MSM - 2000 units
And once a day:
- A good multivitamin
- L Carnitine
- Acetyl L Carnitine
- Calcium (I make eggshell calcium, take with vit C)
- B - 50 complex
- Turmeric (I just put it in capsules)
- Thyme (same, I put it in capsules)
- Milk Thistle
Oil of oregano if I'm getting sick, ACV with baking soda per Ted several times a week. No dairy, no sugar, organic veggies and fruit if you can afford them. No fake food, real butter, coconut oil EVERY DAY. H2O2 in my nebulizer some days (there's a section on here about that).
Wow! Looks like a ton of pills, doesn't it. But now I use a rescue inhaler only once a day (Ventolin HFA), some days not at all. I'm now able to walk more, started exercising, feeling and breathing better now than I have in the past two years.
COPD is a chronic inflammatory disease. Therefore getting the inflammatory mediator (leukotriene) under control will be vital in helping to control it as well as dilating bronchial tubes.
Some antioxidants are capable of doing this but conventional ones (vitamins C & E) may not be sufficient enough. Pycnogenol (antioxidant) was reported to improve pulmonary functions in asthma patients & dramatically lowered their need for inhalers. (Amounts taken are based on severity of condition). It tends to have quicker effect if it was supported by other antioxidants, (primary from the cyanidin groups).
Another thing to consider.... Respiratory disorders may be associated with cartilage degeneration which is also common with older people. Cartilage contains lots of water, type II collagen, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate -- all which tend to deficient in older people as well.
Unfortunately, we stop producing hyaline cartilage, (the type found in the air tubes) during our teen years which cannot be replaced. However, in adults, when cartilage gets damaged or degenerates, it can be replaced with another type (fibrocartilage). From what I've learned, this can be done in a number of ways with glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride (properly proportioned), without chondroitin, supported by pycnogenol or vitamin c to help build collagen and hyaluronic acid to maintain hydration.
The very best luck and blessings to all!