Just think about how great a juicy, ripe tomato tastes. This delicacy is especially tasty during their normal summertime harvest period. What you may not know is that tomatoes are a food that can help your lung health. One study reported that each extra daily serving of fruit and vegetables could reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by 4 to 8% in people who used to smoke or currently smoke.
Why Tomatoes May Help Your Lung Health
Tomatoes are a member of a plant group called the nightshade family, and this group also includes foods like potatoes, peppers and eggplant. One reason that tomatoes may help with lung health is they have high amounts of an antioxidant called lycopene. Antioxidants are compounds that are designed to protect cells, and this means they can help protect undamaged cells in your lungs. Tomatoes also have potassium, B vitamins, vitamin E and other nutrients that may help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
How to Get More Tomatoes in Your Diet
Aside from the many lung-healthy nutrients they contain, tomatoes can also be used in a wide variety of lung-healthy recipes. This means that it may be easy for you to boost your lung health with tomatoes.
For instance, you can use tomatoes in a lung-healthy caprese salad for a tasty lunch or dinner appetizer. They also go great as a side for your morning eggs, or they can be combined with other lung-healthy ingredients to make a tasty guacamole.
Many Other Foods Can Help Your Lung Health
At Lung Health Institute, we know that the foods you eat can have an impact on your lung health, especially if you have a chronic lung disease like COPD. This is why we’ve made lung-healthy foods and recipes a focus of our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. In addition, these plans offer other helpful information intended to help you boost your immune system and train your body to use fats to fight inflammation.
Our team also offers a treatment option known as cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken. From this blood sample, platelets, proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells are separated and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. Once here, they may travel into the lungs where they may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation. This treatment is designed to help patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.