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Is there a supplement or exercise that will make breathing easier with emphysema/COPD?

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Exercise and certain supplements can help those diagnosed with COPD, a collective term which includes emphysema. Exercise aimed to work your lungs and heart can improve how the body uses oxygen. Vitamin D and other supplements such as fish oil or turmeric have a variety of helpful properties.

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Everyday Health lists a variety of exercise types that help those with COPD. Strength exercises aimed at the upper body can strengthen the breathing muscles. Breathing exercises help to increase oxygen intake and make breathing easier. Aerobic exercise improves heart and lung endurance.

Supplements are thought to provide many benefits to COPD patients, according to WebMD. Vitamin D decreases the chances of COPD exacerbation. People with COPD are at an increased risk for osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps with bone health to lower this risk. Fish oil aids in the transfer of oxygen and decreases mucus production. It is also an anti-inflammatory.

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