Keeping your lungs healthy is essential to feeling your best. Yet, common factors, including exposure to cigarette smoke and environmental toxins, as well as eating an inflammatory diet, can take a toll on this pair of important organs.
However, research has shown that lifestyle modifications, including following a nutrient-rich diet, can help protect your lungs and even reduce lung damage and symptoms of disease.What’s more, specific nutrients and foods have been identified to be particularly beneficial for lung function.
Here are 5 foods that may help boost lung function.
Broccoli is high in vitamin C content, carotenoids, folate and phytochemicals that fight damaging elements in the lungs. Broccoli is said to have an active constituent called L-sulforaphane, which tricks the cells to switch on the anti-inflammatory genes that further avoids respiratory conditions.
2. Garlic and onion.
These pungent foods are great for the heart and thus the lungs too. They reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and fight infection. Garlic is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.One study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that smokers who ate raw garlic had a 40% lower lung cancer risk compared to those who didn’t consume raw garlic.
Berries are rich in antioxidants, which the American Cancer Society notes protects lungs. In fact, Acai and blueberry are two of the top sources, however cranberries, grapes, and strawberries are also good for the lungs.
Ginger is a very usual and important part of many food recipes that we eat and drink and it also offers many benefits to the lungs. The anti-inflammatory qualities cause bronchodilation in asthmatic patients. It is also credited for breaking down the mucus and expelling it.
Chillies are hot and spicy due to the presence of compound capsaicin. This helps in the secretion of the mucous, thereby clearing it from the respiratory tract and protecting the mucous membrane in the upper and lower respiratory tract. Since chillies are also a rich source of beta-carotene, they protect us against asthma. The anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties keep respiratory disorders as well as lung cancer at bay.
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