Recently, they did a study that found beet juice may be able to help people who suffer COPD increase their ability to exercise. In the lab trials, those who imbibed beetroot juice saw a significant increase in mobility.However, it turns out that beet juice is just the tip of the food pyramid when it comes to COPD.
Researchers assessed the lives of nearly 100,000 people–about 66% women–during a span of nearly twenty years and found that a healthy diet seemed to cut the risk of COPD by one third. As defined by the research, a healthy diet was one that included lots of vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat, nuts and omega-3 fatty acids and contained low to moderate amounts of refined grains, red and processed meats, sugary drinks and alcohol. BMI, age and ethnicity did not seem to be factors. The researchers cite antioxidant activity as the source of the possible health benefits.
As the lungs exist in a high oxygen environment, it is reasonable to posit that certain exposures (and local inflammation) can further increase the burden of oxidants,” they note. “The balance between these potentially toxic substances and the protective actions of antioxidant defenses, including those derived from diet, may play a role in the loss of lung function over time and the eventual development of COPD.”
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