Five fruits for lung health

Five fruits for lung health

The ResBiotic Team The ResBiotic Team
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It’s common knowledge that fruits are an essential part of a balanced diet. They’re often applauded for their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But can the nutrients in fruit be beneficial for lung health?

Whether you’re switching up your smoothie recipe or are just looking for a nutritious snack, here are a few of our favorite fruits (with a spotlight on their potential benefits for your lungs!).

Kiwis

Kiwis are small in size but mighty when it comes to nutritional value. The fruit is filled with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, folate, and fiber, as well as a range of antioxidants.

Vitamin C, in particular, has been studied for its benefits to the immune system and lung function. It may surprise you to learn that kiwis are second only to guava when it comes to Vitamin C concentration, and they also tend to be more available in the grocery aisle.

Strawberries

Strawberries are another fruit with more Vitamin C than oranges, containing 59mg per 100g. They also contain Anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid that has been specifically studied for its association with a slower decline in lung function.

Oranges

In addition to being the most famous source of Vitamin C (53mg per 100g, to get specific), oranges contain flavonoids that are being explored in in vitro studies for their use against oxidative stress in human lung epithelial cells.

Avocado

The financial cost of millennials’ obsession with avocado toast has become a cultural talking point, but thankfully, the health benefits of avocados are the same even when you don’t pay an arm and a leg for them.

Avocados are a good source of healthy fats and Vitamins E, K, and B2 (riboflavin). They’re also known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Apples

As it turns out, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t an entirely throw-away expression. Research suggests regular consumption of apples can improve overall health, including potential benefits for your lungs.

The antioxidants present in apples may even help slow the decline of lung function, according to recent studies at Johns Hopkins.

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