Certain Foods Benefit COPD Patients

the MPR take:

Certain foods have been linked to improved lung function and fewer symptoms in adults with COPD, according to new research. The results were presented at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting. Close to 2,200 adults with COPD were assessed and those who had eaten bananas, cheese, fish, or grapefruit had better lung function, a faster walking pace, and lower levels of inflammatory indicators in the blood. While the positive effects were sometimes seen as quickly as the next day, other times the connection was long-term. The study doesn’t prove cause-and-effect, but diets for COPD patients should be well-rounded and include healthy foods.

Healthy diet may help COPD patients breathe easier
Healthy diet may help COPD patients breathe easier

People with certain chronic lung diseases might breathe a bit easier when their diets contain healthy foods like fruits and fish, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 2,200 adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), those who ate fish, grapefruit, bananas and cheese tended to have better lung function and fewer symptoms than their counterparts who did not eat those foods.