Date published

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.

Bell Peppers
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
Green tea has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties shown to inhibit fibrosis or scarring of tissues.

Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium which may improve lung health.

Red Cabbage
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