Research demonstrates that chance of developing lung disease might be reduced by a diet high in fiber. Lung disease is a major issue in the world at large; the third biggest killer on a global scale is COPD “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. However, ways to minimize lung risks are few, and the major recommendation to mitigate the risks is to stop smoking.
Eating foods rich in fiber including fruits, vegetables and grains can keep us feeling full for longer helping us to maintain a healthy weight. Fiber has proven health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, regularizing bowel movement and reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
A study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center revealed that lungs of individuals in the high- fiber group fared better than those in the lowest group. The high fiber consumers had more normal lung function and less airway restriction, compared to the lower quartile.
The results deduce that a high- fiber diet will do your lungs a favor; individuals who consume the most dietary fiber have better lung function than those who consume the least. A previous study found a relationship between a lower risk of COPD and higher fiber intake; higher fiber consumption was associated with nearly 50% reduction in respiratory- related deaths.
Hopefully, fiber will be targeted as a safe way of preventing lung disease; fiber is considered a protector of lungs due, at least partly, to its proven anti- inflammatory properties. A number of lung diseases are underlined by inflammation, and it is believed that C-reactive protein, which is important in the inflammation response, is reduced in people whose diets are rich in fiber.
Fiber has also the ability to change the makeup of the gut flora, and this change could release lung- protective agents like neutrophils and protect the body from infections.