Research proves that malnutrition greatly contributes to heart disease. The World Health Organization states that 3 million people die of a heart problem called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease each year, and 20%-50% of those with the disease are deficient in vital nutrients. 

A new 2016 study from Malaysia has found that supplementing with antioxidants may help to reduce malnutrition symptoms in those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and therefore improve their outcome. Since deficiency of antioxidants can contribute to oxidative stress, which increases symptoms, researchers studied the effects of supplementing with the antioxidants vitamin C and N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) on 79 patients for six months.

Results showed that NAC supplements especially improved deficiency, and increased the amount of lean mass weight gain, a sign of a healthier body, which reduces risks. Production of glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifier, increased significantly when both supplements were taken, but especially with vitamin C. The researchers concluded that adding NAC and/or vitamin C improved nutritional and antioxidant levels and may be very beneficial for those with the disease.

 

(Elham Pirabbasi, Suzana Shahar et al.“Efficacy of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and/N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) Supplementation on Nutritional and Antioxidant Status of Male Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)” Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, Vol. 62 (2016) No. 1 p. 54-61, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia)

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