The liver produces a protein called AAT or alpha-1 antitrypsin. AAT protects the body from inflammation. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is crucial for lung function. In people with liver disease or who are affected by alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiencies in the liver, the AAT protein itself is prevented from being released into the bloodstream and since it stays in the liver it causes liver damage such
as cirrhosis. AAT or alpha-1 antitrypsin is needed as a neutralizer in the body for an enzyme called neutrophil elastase. Although, neutrophil elastase functions to fight bacteria and remove dead lung tissue, it is also known as a destructive enzyme because it causes damage to the elastic fibers of the alveoli. This deficiency due to the amount of neutrophil elastase in the body causes acute lung damage such as A1AD type emphysema.
Pathogens that cause emphysema and inhibit the protein AAT or alpha-1 antitrypsin from being released in to the bloodstream create mucus and tar in the lungs and prevents AAT from protecting the elastic tissue in the lungs because pathogens damage the liver. Emphysema is not reversible and it is known to progress, from the first stage of being at risk to the final stage when the disease becomes acute and the heart is eventually affected. If antioxidants found in Acai berry, Camu- Camu or thyme supplements were a way to not only protect the lungs but also the liver, this may prevent emphysema from developing or otherwise becoming fatal.
When illness provides no cure you have to provide your own bag for air!