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¿What is Chronic bronchitis?
Chronic bronchitis is a disease characterised by the reduction of expiratory flow during forced expiration and it is typified by a phlegmy cough with mucus usually being a greenish yellow.
Other symptoms are shortness of breath, blueing of the skin due to low oxygen supply and headaches due to unusually high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood that could not be expelled from the lungs.
It is an inflammatory process that affects the airway and that results from an increase in the activity of oxidative aggressors and a decrease in antioxidant activity. A common cause is smoking tobacco, that locally generates many free radicals, producing harmful substance. Oxidative stress increases mucus secretion, produces substances that alter ciliary function, inhibits the immune function of the lungs. It has been shown that there is a dose-dependent relationship between the consumption of tobacco and the damage present in the lining of the lungs.
Air pollutants that exacerbate chronic bronchitis are frequently found in industrial areas with high air pollution, as well as in workers exposed to harmful gases and organic and inorganic dust.
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¿Which mushrooms have useful properties for chronic bronchitis??
The mushrooms selected for bronchitis are Cordyceps, Reishi and Polyporus. Importantly they have properties that may repair lung tissue, reduce airway obstruction, lower mucous production and act as an anti-inflammatory.
Cordyceps mushroom is shown to lower inflammation, aid healthy immune response to defend against bacteria and prevent aging of the lungs. This mushroom also works to stimulate respiratory function responsible for breathing.
Reishi is a mushroom known to lower inflammation, prevent excessive mucus production and reduce constriction of the lungs leading to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Polyporus has a special relationship with the lungs. Its has been shown be anti-inflammatory, anti viral and anti-bacterial, helpful in reducing infections connected to bronchitis.
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