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2 Foods That May Offer Former Smokers Better Lung Health

11 Jan 2018
| Under COPD, Diet and Nutrition, Lifestyle, Tips | Posted by

Most of us already know that smoking isn’t good for our health as it raises our risk of lung cancer. In fact, the risk can be as much as 30 times higher than that of a non-smoker.

However, this habit is even more dangerous for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often called COPD for short. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking alone is responsible for as many as four out of every five COPD-related deaths.

For this reason, giving up cigarettes is not only the first step to greater lung health with this particular condition, it’s also necessary for life in general. But there is something else you can do after you quit that can help as well. Something that doesn’t really take much willpower at all, and it involves the foods you eat.

Lung Health, Diet, and COPD

A study was recently conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and its results were published in the December 2017 edition of the European Respiratory Journal.

After looking at more than 650 adults from Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom over a 10-year period, researchers discovered that the people who ate higher portions of two specific foods tended to have slower lung decline than those who didn’t.

What were those two foods? Tomatoes and fruit, specifically apples.

Researchers believe that it is the nutrients in these particular food sources that help improve the lung function of ex-smokers. Benefits were also seen in the lungs of those who had never smoked at all.

Incorporating These into Your Menu

For tomatoes, the benefits appeared more so after at least two of these vegetables were consumed daily. When it came to fruit, the positive effects appeared more drastically with a minimum of three portions per day.

It’s also important to note that the benefits were only seen when these two food items were consumed in their natural state. In other words, when they were baked into dishes or somehow processed, the protective effect just wasn’t there.

Therefore, to incorporate these two items into your menu, look for ways to add them to your diet in their just-picked state. For instance, you could chop up a tomato and top your salad with it or dice it up and make some homemade salsa.

For the apples, they are also great diced up in salads, maybe with some heart healthy nuts and chicken or salmon. Or, you can slice them up, sprinkle them with a little cinnamon and you have a tasty late-night treat.

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