What vitamins affect the lungs?


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Vitamin C, D and E are all believed to have an effect on the lungs, both positive and negative, according to reports in published articles from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, CNN and the Vitamin D Council. The effects these vitamins have on the lungs concerns infection and disease, rather than basic function.

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It is possible that Vitamin E reduces people's risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease if it is taken regularly for many years, explains CNN. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The disease is usually caused by smoking, but Vitamin E has shown to have a modest effect on the disease regardless of whether or not the patient is a smoker.

While there are no reported studies on how vitamin D affects lung cancer specifically, Vitamin D has shown to block the growth of tumors in other forms of cancers. This effect is due to vitamin D's active form, calcitriol, which forces cells to either adapt to their organ or commit apoptosis while also limiting blood supply to the tumor, states the Vitamin D Council.

Various medical trials have shown that vitamin C helps those suffering from pneumonia in humans. Vitamin C serves as a physiological antioxidant, protecting host cells against oxidative stress caused by infections in the immune system, states the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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