Fall is a very special time of year for many of us. The leaves are falling, and the temperature is becoming more brisk. However, fall is also a great time of year for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients like me, and one reason is because there are 3 fall harvest foods that have many benefits for lung health.
Cauliflower is often a vegetable that’s leftover on the raw vegetable tray after a party. However, cooked and raw versions of this cruciferous vegetable offer many benefits for chronic lung disease patients. Cauliflower is high in antioxidants like vitamin C, and antioxidants are critical to helping the body fight inflammation.
Also, this vegetable offers lung patients high levels of potassium, and it acts as an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin B6 and magnesium. All these vitamins and minerals are important to chronic lung disease patients because they help boost the immune system, and this boost can help protect you from developing lung infections that cause COPD symptoms to worsen.
In many areas, kale is a plant that’s planted in late summer and harvested in the fall. It’s become famous recently as a “superfood,” and it’s definitely a great dietary option for people with COPD.
For one thing, kale has a large amount of antioxidant compounds that can help reduce inflammation in your body. It also contains a lot of calcium and vitamin K, and these can help you maintain good bone and heart health. Kale is an excellent choice for COPD patients because there are so many delicious recipes it can be used in. Check out this tasty kale and bacon frittata recipe that’s perfect for a lung-healthy breakfast.
Some people may have bad memories of being forced to eat this veggie as kids, but Brussels sprouts don’t have to be cooked into an unappealing mush. This vegetable can be delicious and have many benefits for COPD patients.
Brussels sprouts offer a large serving of vitamin C, and this vitamin is a major player in keeping your immune system functioning properly. In addition, vitamin C plays a role in the body’s natural tissue repair processes. Brussels sprouts also contain vitamin B6, iron, magnesium and potassium, and all these vitamins and minerals are necessary for maintaining a healthy body. If you’re looking for a way to cook your Brussels sprouts, you can give this recipe for Brussels sprouts with pancetta and sage a try.
Find Other Ways Your Diet Can Benefit Your COPD at Lung Health Institute
Lung Health Institute offers several treatment options for COPD and other chronic lung diseases, including our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™.
Also called AI2™, this plan contains information about the best foods to eat for improved lung health. It also provides COPD patients with access to many mouthwatering recipes that are fantastic for your lungs. Our AI2 is designed to help boost your immune system and train your body to begin using fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.