Emphysema - Smokers can get Healthier
Lungs by eating more Fruits and Vegetable containing Beta Carotene and
Carrots are high
in beta carotene
measured beta carotene levels in blood samples of men and women and
found that those that had higher levels also had better lung function.
If you are a smoker, you probably think about lung cancer and emphysema
and know that the best thing to do is quit smoking altogether. In
the mean time you might want to consider eating foods rich in beta
carotene as well.
suggests that by eating fruits and vegetables that are high in
beta-carotene, like carrots and sweet potatoes can help your lungs
breathe better over time. The researchers also measured for vitamin E
and found this to be helpful too.
According to a
recent Ivanhoe publication, there were approximately 1,200 men and women
between the ages of 20 - 44 that participated. In 1992, the
participants had blood test to measure their level of beta carotene,
vitamin A, and vitamin E. They also did a lung function test when the
blood sample was taken. The lung function test measures the volume of
air exhaled after one second of taking a deep breath. The test is
called FEV1 and is used to determine a personís lung function.
In the year 2000
the researchers checked the participants again for the beta carotene
levels and also performed the same lung function test. What was
discovered is interesting. The people that had higher levels of beta
carotene levels measured in 1992 and in 2000 had less decline in lung
function. There also was a positive effect for those that increased
their beta carotene levels from the beginning of the study. When the
beta carotene increased the lung function decline was better than those
that had maintained low levels of beta carotene levels during the
duration of the study.
Smokers were at
the largest decline of lung function. The smokers tended to have lower
levels of beta carotene and vitamin E. The researchers of this study
believe that beta carotene and vitamin E help to protect the lungs from
known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) caused a person to
have a decreased ability to breath because of damage to air sacs in the
lung. If damage has already occurred it may not be reversible with the
dietary changes. The lung health benefits might be seen by increasing
dietary intake of beta carotene and vitamin E in people that have not
caused excessive damage to their lungs.
recommend smokers eat plenty of beta carotene and vitamin E throughout
there lifetime to increase lung health. Foods that have high levels of
beta carotene are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, sweet red
peppers, cantaloupes, and apricots. Foods that contain high levels of
vitamin E are sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, and cooking oils.
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