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Best Foods for Healthy Lungs

Monday, June 11, 2018 13:59
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June 12th, 2018

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Flavonoids are a group of polyphenols, phytonutrients found in most fruits and vegetables. There are more than 6,000 unique flavonoids, but as a group, they’re best known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and have been found to lower the risk of many chronic conditions rooted in inflammation. Specifically, anthocyanins1 — found in red-blue plant pigments that give berries and other foods their red, blue and purple color — have been shown to:

  • Improve blood sugar control
  • Normalize blood pressure and enhance capillary strength
  • Lower oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Inhibit platelet formation
  • Prevent buildup of arterial plaque
  • Increase NAD+ levels

Previous animal studies have shown anthocyanins reduce the production of mucus and inflammatory secretions in animals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some of the latest research suggests the plant compound can also help slow the gradual decline in lung health associated with aging.

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