These days we‘re all paying special attention to one organ: our lungs. Every day it filters about 12,000 liters of air for us, consisting of 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen. This vital organ is quite powerful! It makes sure that our cells are supplied with plenty of oxygen. To keep it that way, we have done some research on what foods keep our lungs fit.
Apples, tomatoes and bananas
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the USA have found that the lung function of ex-smokers recovers better if they eat an apple and at least two tomatoes a day. This would also measurably slow down an age-related decrease in lung function.
A lung study (European Community Respiratory Health Survey) by European scientists has come to a very similar conclusion. In this ten-year study, 680 adults from Norway, Great Britain and Germany were also asked about their eating habits. The more fruit and especially tomatoes they ate, the slower the lung function diminished.
The authors of the study suspect that the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes in particular helps to counteract the reduction in lung function.