The Best and Worst Foods For Your Lungs

According to the World Health Organization, around 235 million people have asthma, and around 234,000 cases of lung cancer appear per year. Whether people smoke or not, they need to take care of their lungs. Diet is a big component of respiratory health.

Some foods have protected the lungs from diseases in studies. Others can even heal some damage to smokers’ lungs. However, not all foods are helpful. If you eat the wrong thing, you may increase for risk of lung diseases. Science says that these foods are the best and worst for your lung health.

BEST: Apples

An apple picker gathers Gala apples in an orchard.
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An apple a day keeps the pulmonologist away. At least, that’s the conclusion from a John Hopkins study in the European Respiratory Journal. Scientists reported that eating apples over ten years slowed down the onset of lung disease. According to the lead author, Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, apples “might even help repair damage caused by smoking.”

In 2000, London researchers reported that eating an apple five times a week improves lung function. The benefits stem from apples’ abundance in vitamin C and antioxidants that flush pollutants out of the body.