Milk Thistle Can Help Against Second Hand Smoking
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Smoking is a huge cause of preventable death and has devastating reach of deadly consequences from lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and to cancers in many parts of the body. Second hand smoke contains a long list of dangerous poisonous chemicals and gases, including carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and toluene. When nonsmokers are exposed to second hand smoking, they may as well be smoking since they are breathing many of the same cancer causing chemical as do smokers. Just living with a smoker can dramatically increase the risk of lung cancer. In the U.S COPD as in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading leading cause of death. Worldwide, the disease kills about 3 million people annually, roughly twice the number who die from lung cancer. Cigarette smoke, which contains thousands of toxic compounds and chemicals, causes the airways to become inflamed and damaged. Although symptoms of COPD can be treated, little could be done to reduce smoke induced lung inflammation or to prevent the changes of COPD.
Milk thistle which has protective properties that can help reduce smoke induced inflammatory responses while also preventing the inflammation induced damage to the airways that produces COPD. This information is essential for the 12% o Americans over 65 who still smoke despite the known risks, as well as for the millions more whose health is threatened by exposure to second smoke.