A study suggests that tomatoes and other fruits can slow the rate of one’s lung deterioration, with an apple-rich diet being especially useful. The paper was published in the December edition of the European Respiratory Journal.
It was part of the Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts (ALEC) Study. Ld by the Imperial College London, it was performed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A Fruit-Rich Diet to Help Smokers Clean Their Lungs?
According to the study, adults who ate two servings of tomatoes per day presented less of a decline in lung functions than those who ate only one serving of each. The same seems to apply to people that consumed more than three portions of fresh fruit.
However, this seems to apply only to fresh food. Products like tomato sauce and such did not have any noticeable effect.
Eating tomatoes was also shown to help ensure a slower lung decline for those who had never smoked, as well as those who had quit. The best results were actually among former smokers.
This suggests that fruits are especially good at repairing lung damage. As such, a daily consumption of fruits seems to not only help smokers but also non-smokers as well.
“This study shows that diet might help repair lung damage in people who have stopped smoking,” said the study’s lead author, Vanessa Garcia-Larsen. “It also suggests that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung’s natural aging process even if you have never smoked.”
Garcia-Larsen says that this should lead to dietary recommendations for those most at risk for COPD and other lung disorders.
The study was conducted with help from 650 adults from Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom. They were analyzed in 2002 and then again ten years later.
The study team used spirometry, which measured their lungs’ capacity. One method was Forced Exhaled Volume in 1 second, or FEV1, which measured how much they could exhale in one second. The other was Forced Vital Capacity, or FVC, which measures how much people can inhale in six seconds.
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