Fruits and greens may prevent lung damage
Eating fruits and vegetables may help curb lung disease.
For current and former smokers, eating more fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a Swedish study suggests.
Among more than 40,000 men, the current smokers who averaged five or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily were 40 per cent less likely to develop COPD than smokers who ate two servings or less.
Each additional serving of fruits and greens was tied to an 8 per cent risk reduction.
COPD is a category of lung diseases that make breathing difficult and can cause wheezing or coughing. The most common types of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and they most often occur in smokers and former smokers.
The antioxidants found in produce might protect lungs from smoking damage, said researchers. - REUTERS