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Breathe Easier: Nutrients Reduce Pneumonia, Improve Asthma

Breathe Easier: Nutrients Reduce Pneumonia, Improve Asthma

Article by Arnie Gitomer

Vitamin E Reduced Pneumonia in Smokers

In this study, 7,469 males, age 50 to 69, who began smoking at age 21 or later, took a placebo or 75 IU of vitamin E per day. Over a follow-up period of five to eight years, among those who smoked between 5 and 19 cigarettes per day-"light" smokers-and who exercised casually, chances for developing pneumonia were 69 percent lower for vitamin E compared to placebo.

About one-third of participants quit smoking at some point during the study period. For these former smokers, chances for developing pneumonia were 72 percent lower compared to placebo, even among those who had been "heavy" smokers-20 or more cigarettes per day-or those who did not exercise.

Doctors said the evidence that vitamin E can prevent pneumonia in older male smokers is strong, and suggest more study in non-smokers. {Reference: Clinical Interventions in Aging; 2016, Vol. 2016, No. 11, 1379-85)

Black Cumin Helps Control Asthma

Doctors know that people with asthma often have difficulty being consistent with conventional asthma medications. Earlier studies showed black cumin seed oil has benefits in inflammatory conditions such as asthma. In this study, 60 people with asthma took a placebo or 500 mg of black cumin seed oil twice per day.

After four weeks, asthma control test scores had improved more for those taking black cumin seed oil compared to placebo. Doctors also measured levels of eosinophils, the white blood cells that increase as the body fights inflammatory conditions. Eosinophil counts were more than three times lower in the black cumin group compared to placebo, a result doctors said was "a remarkable normalization." (Reference: Phytotherapy Research; 2017, Vol. 31, No. 3, 403-9)

The pharmacists and nutritionists at Willner Chemists are available to help you select the appropriate supplements for your particular needs.

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Life Extension Black Cumin Seed Oil 500 MG
60 Softgels - Product Code: 62496

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60 Softgels - Product Code: 62521