Monday, February 27, 2017

Apples and Green Vegetables Can Lower Risk of Lung Disease

Consumption of five or more servings of fruits such as apples, pears and green leafy vegetables per day can significantly lower the risk of developing chronic lung disease. According to a study in the journal Thorax, the researchers recorded data on the respiratory health of more than 44,000 Swedish men born in 1918-1952 when they were aged 45-79 years.

The results showed that those who ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day, 40 percent and 34 percent less likely to experience COPD - respiratory condition in which the airways constrict, which includes bronchitis and emphysema.

Each additional portion associated with a four percent lower risk of developing COPD for those who have quit smoking. Inflammation and oxidative stress in the tissue the cause of COPD and smoking is a powerful trigger for this process.

The content of antioxidants abundant in fruits and vegetables can reduce inflammation and pressure, said researcher Joanna Kaluza of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland.

Researchers say other than apples, pears, green leafy vegetables and peppers, there are no fruits and other vegetables such as berries, bananas, citrus fruits, tomatoes, onions, garlic or green beans, which are also capable decreased the risk of developing COPD. Similarly, as reported by The Indian Express.

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