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June 18, 2018 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Breathe Easier with These Fruits and Veggies

Because past studies have indicated that anthocyanins may offer unique benefits for the lungs, John’s Hopkins scientists decided to investigate further. Anthocyanins are exceedingly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that provide brilliant purple/bluish hues to plant-based foods.

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For this study, 463 adults had their diets and lung function carefully assessed in 2002 and then again in 2012. Researchers then grouped the study subjects into quartiles based on their dietary intakes of foods high in anthocyanin pigments. Relative to study subjects reporting the lowest intakes of anthocyanin foods, those consuming the most (the upper quartile) experienced significantly less decline in their lung function over the 10-year study period. Lung function naturally diminishes as we age, so it is encouraging that certain foods may help us maintain a healthier respiratory status.
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Click here to see the “delicious list” of foods that offer the highest concentrations of these superstar plant pigments.
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