The best foods to fight lung diseases
A balanced diet is important not only for the lungs but also for overall health. "But before we say what are the best foods for your lungs, it should be emphasized that you should quit smoking immediately," said Delnaaz Chanduëadia, Chief Dietitian.
Some foods that help with lung health:
The berries are rich in anthocyanin, a flavanoid found in strawberries and blueberries. Lung damage can occur due to free radicals, and this antioxidant ingredient found in berries helps slow down the decline in lung function that usually also occurs due to age.
Excessive salt consumption can lead to worsening of asthma symptoms. Therefore, it is advisable to eat fresh home-cooked foods and not packaged varieties.
Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are rich in carotenoids, and studies have shown that these greens help reduce the likelihood of lung cancer. Therefore, seasonal greens should be included in the daily diet. Spinach, fenugreek, amaranth, etc. are excellent choices.
Red fruits and vegetables
Red peppers, tomatoes and the like are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps lung health. Tomato juice has been shown to improve airway inflammation. This is especially helpful for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lycopene also helps to reverse age-related decline in lung function.
Regular caffeine intake can be beneficial for the fact that coffee acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains polyphenols that facilitate good lung function. However, it is important that one does not overdo it.