August 22, 2023
Supporting your lung health starts with what’s on your plate! Be sure to incorporate these foods to your diet to keep your lungs strong and healthy.
Beets & Beet Greens
Rich in nitrates. Nitrates help relax blood vessels, reduce blood pressure, & optimize oxygen uptake. Beet greens provide magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and carotenoid antioxidants, essential for lung health.
Peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, a water-soluble nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant.
Apples have antioxidants including flavonoids and vitamin C.
Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, including beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which all have antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric is an antioxidant & anti-inflammatory.
Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant.
Blueberries are a source of anthocyanins, including malvid, cyaniding, peonidin, delphinidin, & petunidin. Anthocyanins are pigments that have been shown to protect lung tissue from oxidative damage.
Green tea has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties shown to inhibit fibrosis or scarring of tissues.
Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium which may improve lung health.
Red cabbage is a source of anthocanins which have been linked to a reduced decline in lung function.
Cocoa like dark chocolate is high in flavonoid antioxidants & contain compounds called theobromine, which help relax the airways in the lungs.
Content from: Healthline