Apples improve lung function
A recent British study confirmed that eating one apple a day helps improve lung function, after experiments conducted by a team of doctors at St. George’s Hospital in London on the relationship between diet and how the lungs work.
The study – published by Thorax magazine – included more than two thousand five hundred men between the ages of forty-five and forty-nine.
The researchers relied on measuring the force of exhalation using a special method, and they concluded that the lungs performing their full function is linked to the body receiving high amounts of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, orange and apple extracts, and fruit juice.
The researchers took into account a number of factors, such as body size, smoking, and physical exercise, and the team concluded that the only food that had significant effects was apples.
They also noticed that eating five or more apples during the week leads to a relatively better performance in lung function, as it was found that the energy of those who eat this fruit is one hundred and thirty-eight milliliters greater than that of others.
Although it has not been proven that eating apples prevents the natural decline in lung capacity with age, eating a greater amount of this substance can reduce the severity of this affliction, and scientists find evidence of this in the fact that apples reduce the speed of deterioration caused by other factors. Like pollution.
This fruit contains a high amount of an anti-toxic substance called quercetin, which can contribute significantly to protecting the lungs from harmful symptoms resulting from air pollution and cigarette smoking.