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Respiratory

Apple a Day for Healthy Lungs

19 years, 3 months ago

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Posted on Oct 04, 2002, 6 a.m. By Bill Freeman

In a study of 2,500 men ages 45 to 59, those who ate five or more apples per week had better lung function than men who ate no apples. Researchers measured lung function over a five-year interval, and adjusted for factors including smoking and exercise. They speculate that bioflavonoids in the apples -- specifically quercetin -- may help to protect against cellular damage caused by smoking and air pollution.

In a study of 2,500 men ages 45 to 59, those who ate five or more apples per week had better lung function than men who ate no apples. Researchers measured lung function over a five-year interval, and adjusted for factors including smoking and exercise. They speculate that bioflavonoids in the apples -- specifically quercetin -- may help to protect against cellular damage caused by smoking and air pollution.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Thorax 2000;55:102-108

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