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Eating More Fruits and Veggies May Improve Lung Function

Scientists unearth yet another reason to boost your intake of whole foods.

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Although the link between antioxidant consumption and improved breathing seems to be strong, asthma sufferers should always consult a physician before making any changes to their treatment regimes.

Old News And New News

For pretty much all of us, the fact that eating ample quantities of fruits and vegetables is generally good for our bodies is old news — news that, quite frankly, we may be a little tired of hearing.

But there’s nothing old and tired about the findings of an experiment published in December edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which suggest a diet high in antioxidant-rich plants could be especially beneficial for individuals with respiratory problems.

Methods And Results

The design of the study was as follows. Researchers tracked the pulmonary fitness of two sets of asthma sufferers: one set was given five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit per day, while the other set was limited to two servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit per day or less.

After 14 weeks, the group that consumed more antioxidants exhibited significantly better lung function than the other group, lending credence to associations scientists have previously identified between diet and respiratory health.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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