Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a range of progressive lung diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. It is a common disease in the USA, where it affects more than 30 million Americans, and was the 3rd leading cause of death in 2014. The main symptoms of COPD are wheezing, tightness and discomfort in the chest and coughing.

Main factors for COPD are smoking,environmental and genetics. Smoking damages the lungs and increases the risk of COPD by a whopping 90%!

Also people that are constantly exposed to pollutants and lung irritants are more at risk of developing COPD. Even factors such as secondhand smoke can contribute towards the disease.

Scientists believe that one of the most common factors for emphysema is Alpha-I Antitrypsin deficiency. This is a genetic disorder that is also responsible for liver disease.

According to Dr. Gloria de Carlo Massaro and Dr. Donald Massaro, COPD can be reversed with ATRA (a derivative of vitamin A), and have proven the same in rat studies. It appeared that the treatment regenerated the adult rat’s ability to produce alveoli, the small air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide move between the lungs and the bloodstream,” Dr. Massaro explains.

Vitamin A deficiency and depletion is often caused by cigarette smoke, which contains bezopyrene, a carcinogenic compound. According to Dr. Massaro’s research, vitamin and beta-carotene can treat the disease and reduce the symptoms.

Here are 10 foods rich in beta-carotene:


Sweet potatoes


Dried apricots


Sweet red peppers


Dark leafy green vegetables


Romaine lettuce

As the research showed, there is a way to treat COPD naturally. In addition, the Linus Pauling institute recommends pairing a diet rich in beta-carotene with fats, which will boost the compound’s efficiency and may provide better results.

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