A Swedish study showed that eating more fruits and vegetables for current and former smokers can reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
More than 40,000 smokers who consumed at least five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day were less likely to have chronic pulmonary embolism than 40 per cent who smoked two or more servings of these foods, and each additional portion of fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of infection by 8%.
As well as JOANA KALUZA, head of the study team at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm: “It is recommended that current and former smokers eat fruit and vegetables as much as possible”
She said, “Each additional serving of fruit and vegetables greatly reduces the risk of chronic pulmonary embolism”
In addition, chronic pulmonary embolism makes breathing more difficult and can cause coughing. And the most common type of this disease is pulmonary emphysema and chronic bronchitis usually afflict smokers or former smokers.
The researchers published in Thorax magazine that the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables can help protect the lungs from the damage caused by smoking.
Saif Shaheen, who participated in the editorial of the publication of this study, said: “We rely on antioxidants such as those found in fruits and vegetables to protect the lungs from harmful substances in cigarette smoke and the toxics components in the air we breathe every day in our cities “.
Finally, the most important thing to do to reduce the risk of chronic pulmonary embolism is to not smoke or stop smoking immediately because the diet alone cannot treat all the damage from smoking.