Diets rich in fruit 'can improve lung health among former smokers'
24 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Kelly Sanders
EATING a diet rich in fresh tomatoes and apples keep lungs young and repairs the damage done by smoking, a study found.
If you have kicked the smoking habit but are anxious about the strength of your lungs, eating a lot of fresh tomatoes and fruits - especially apples - can slow your decline in lung function caused by your cigarettes, according to a study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
But there were only benefits from eating fresh fruit, with the likes of tomato sauce failing to protect against ageing.
The study found that adults who are more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruits had slower decline in lung function as compared to those who did not eat that much.
The tomato also stood out in another respect: Ex-smokers who ate at least two tomatoes a day had a slower decline in lung function over the 10 years than those who didn't.
The researchers also observed a slower lung decline in adults who had the highest consumption of tomatoes, both in former smokers and those who've never smoked.
"She added", The findings support the need for dietary recommendations, especially for people at risk of developing respiratory diseases such as COPD". Then, they repeated the same tests over 10 years, and spotted a decline slower by 80 ml in those who consumed a diet rich in tomatoes and apples.
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Poor lung function is linked with mortality risks from all diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and lung cancer. The subjects lived in Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
Around 650 adults underwent a test analysing the lung function for the study.
Factors like person's height, weight, gender, income and level of physical activity was taken into consideration to analyse any association between diet and lung health.
Among former smokers, the diet-lung-function connection was even more striking.
The study also found one particular new contender in the fight to keep lungs healthy: tomatoes.
The findings raise the possibility that nutrients in these foods might help restore lung damage caused by smoking.
But she stressed that for people with actual lung illnesses, such as COPD, diet should be seen as a helpful adjunct to medication, not a substitute.
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