Iron accumulates in the lungs of smokers and also disturbs the iron homeostasis of the human body. Iron is highly inflammatory and difficult to remove from a smokers lungs, and so the process of deterioration continues for many years even after smoking cessation.
There are two techniques that work well in alleviating lung stress caused by smoking even while continueing to smoke;
1. Nebulizing IP6 directly into the lungs several times a week in order to chelate the iron from the lung.
2. Applying vitamin A to the surface of the cigarettes before smoking them. This converts at least some of the vitamin A into it’s oxidized form known as retinoic acid. Retinoic acid seems to restore lung function and stimulate the regeneration of the alveoli that are damaged by cigarette smoke.
I have been using both of these methods and my lung health has not been better since before I started smoking 35 years ago. And I am a heavy smoker who typically smokes an excess of 40 per day!
Also worth an honorable mention is the supplement called NAC(n-acetylcystein), an acetylated form of the amino acid cysteine. It clears up the mucus, promotes the synthesis of glutathione and helps improve lung function especially effective in relieving the symptoms of COPD.