Apples, tomatoes could help ex-smokers fix lungs

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Not only the adequate intake of tomatoes improves the lung health but also helps the former smokers to fix the damage caused by tobacco. But now including more of tomatoes and fruits in the diet will help to attenuate the decline as people age.

Dr. Alan Mensch is a pulmonologist and senior vice president of medical affairs at Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y. He believes that health-boosting antioxidants in fruits and tomatoes may be one factor in why these foods seem to help the lungs.

The researchers discovered that adults that ate over 2 or more tomatoes or over 3 portions of fruit daily had slower damage to lung function when compared to people who ate under a tomato or a fruit portion daily.

The paper, which is part of the Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts (ALEC) Study, funded by the European Commission and led by Imperial College London, also found a slower decline in lung function among all adults with the highest tomato consumption, including those who had never lit up or had stopped smoking.

Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, said, "This study shows that diet might help fix lung damage in people who have stopped smoking".

It is time you add more tomatoes and apples in your diet considering they may fix your lungs like never before.

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However, people who had more than three portions of fruits in diet, to be specific, an apple a day; has also shown same results. "The findings support the need for dietary recommendations, especially for people at risk of developing respiratory diseases such as COPD".

Even the people who never smoked benefitted from eating generous amounts of tomatoes.

For the study, about 650 adults underwent tests analysing lung function, after which the same test was performed 10 years later to determine how the participants' lungs aged over time. Though, there is the weak point in the study as the diet of participants only get analysed in the staring of a disease.

The findings raise the possibility that nutrients in these foods might help restore lung damage caused by smoking.

In the test, one measure how much air a person can exhale in a second and in another test how much air can a person inhale in 6 seconds.

The function of the lungs begins to deteriorate at around the age of 30, and the rate of their demise depends on person's general state of health and other peculiarities. According to the World Health Organisation, COPD will become the third leading cause of death by 2020.