Lung Detox | Dietary Supplement for the Lungs
Lung Detox is a dietary supplement designed to optimise respiratory function
. It contains the best natural ingredients for supporting detoxification of the lungs: quercetin, bromelain, curcuminoids, butterbur extract, maritime pine bark, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), NAC.
Who is Lung Detox aimed at?
Lung Detox is for anyone concerned about the condition of their lungs
and respiratory tract. It may be of particular benefit to:
- Smokers or those who used to smoke for several years. Smoking, both active and passive, is a key factor in the decline of lung function (3-5).
- Those who have lived in towns for a long time. Air in urban environments contains numerous pollutants such as particulates or nitrogen dioxide. While some produce immediate effects of varying severity, most contribute to the long-term development of irreversible damage to lung tissue and a decline in lung function.
- Those who don’t take enough daily exercise.
- Those who regularly suffer with heartburn (acid reflux). When stomach acid flows back up the oesophagus, a small part is often inhaled into the lungs, reducing the diameter of bronchial openings (due to excess stimulation of the vagus nerve).
- Those keen to ensure their respiratory function ages as slowly as possible.
Five good reasons to take Lung Detox
- Even slight deterioration or inflammation of the respiratory tract and lungs weakens the immune defences and cardiovascular system which has to compensate for the decrease in oxygen supply. It results in a shorter life expectancy due to increased risk of mortality from respiratory, cardiopulmonary and infectious diseases, and cancer.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the fourth most common cause of death after cancer, heart disease and stroke.
- Deterioration of the lungs is a highly insidious process. By the time the first symptoms appear, the damage to the lungs is already very advanced.
- Endogenous antioxidant enzymes, which combat oxidative stress, are poorly expressed in the respiratory epithelium.
- The lungs age very rapidly: from the age of 30, maximum oxygen consumption decreases by 10% every 10 years (6-7).
Why do the lungs age faster than other organs?
The billions of cells in our bodies have a constant and enormous need for energy. To meet this need, we convert oxygen in the air into energy
using a mechanism called ‘oxidative phosphorylation’. However, this process has a downside: oxygen is an aggressive compound which can damage our proteins, cells and tissues. Around 2% of the oxygen we breathe is converted into even more dangerous by-products called reactive oxygen species (ROS), sometimes referred to as ‘free radicals’.
All our cells are in constant contact with oxygen, but those that make up lung tissue (bronchi, alveoli) are exposed throughout life to the highest partial pressure of oxygen found in the body. All the oxygen which supplies the body’s cells is at some stage in close proximity to pulmonary cells. They therefore suffer a greater rate of damage than other cells, especially as the enzymes meant to fight free radicals are in shorter supply there than elsewhere in the body (8). In the long term, this damage accumulates, causing premature ageing of cells
What is in the supplement Lung Detox?
Lung Detox contains the most scientifically-supported ingredients for strengthening lung tissue and relieving symptoms related to inflammation of the respiratory tract:
- N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). NAC is a particular form of the amino acid cysteine, which is able to thin bronchial secretions and improve breathing, particularly in those suffering from COPD (9-10). It’s also a precursor of the most powerful endogenous antioxidant in the body, glutathione, levels of which decline with age.
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), extracted from green tea leaves. EGCg is the most potent of the catechins: it helps protect lung tissue against oxidative stress. It boosts and complements the formula’s other ingredients, increasing its cleansing effects.
- Quercetin, extracted from the flower buds of Sophora japonica. Quercetin is a flavonoid with powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
- Bromelain (2000 GDU/g) is a group of proteolytic enzymes which do not get broken down by the digestive system and therefore enter the bloodstream. There they exert a systemic anti-inflammatory effect because of their ability to inhibit production of pro-inflammatory messengers (prostaglandins). All the available scientific evidence suggests that bromelain is effective at relieving inflammation (11-12), particularly in the sinuses (13).
- Curcuminoids extracted from the roots of Curcuma longa. Curcuminoids are powerful antioxidants able to fight the inflammation that plays a key role both in the decline of respiratory function and in many chronic diseases.
- Extract of Petasites hybridus (butterbur) standardised to 15% sesquiterpene lactones. Several studies have shown butterbur to be beneficial for relieving various breathing problems such as asthma, cough and respiratory allergies (14-15).
- Extract of maritime pine bark standardised in OPC (proanthocyanidins). OPC are flavonoids known for their significant antioxidant properties (20-50 times greater than those of vitamins C and E).
How should Lung Detox be taken?
The recommended dose is one capsule with each of the two main meals of the day. Throughout the supplementation period, it is also a good idea to take the additional measures listed below.
Reduce your sugar intake
Several clinical trials have shown that consuming less sugar helps improve stamina in people with chronic bronchitis. Digesting sugars produces more carbon dioxide than digesting protein or fat and removing carbon dioxide is more difficult when the lungs are damaged.
Gradually increase your level of physical activity
During exercise such as jogging, swimming or even walking, your muscles work harder and you therefore require more oxygen. To meet this additional need, your breathing and circulation increase. If you engage in such exercise regularly, your muscles get used to it and become stronger, reducing the amount of oxygen needed to sustain the physical activity (16).
Learn to breathe better
People with damaged or inflamed respiratory function are often in a state of chronic hyperventilation and lack oxygen. To improve this problem, we recommend practising breathing exercises to strengthen the diaphragm, improve gas exchange in the lungs, promote relaxation and facilitate expectoration of bronchial secretions. And it goes without saying that smoking is definitely not recommended ...
You can combine Lung Detox with a liver detox supplement such as Silyplus
if you suspect your liver function is also compromised (by exposure to toxins such as alcohol, drugs, cleaning products, pesticides …). You can also add a natural anti-inflammatory such as Super Omega-3
if you think the inflammation is systemic. Last but not least, if you’re breathing in polluted air every day, consider taking Zero Pollution
, a 100% natural supplement designed to protect your skin from the harmful effects of pollution.