Former smokers who ate high amounts of fresh tomatoes, apples, and other fruits had better lung function compared to those who ate small amounts. The 10-year study found that adults who ate two or more tomatoes or more than three servings of fresh fruit per day saw slower declines in lung function.
“Lung function starts to decline at around age 30 at variable speed depending on the general and specific health of individuals,” said researcher Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, PhD. She said her study suggests that eating more fruit on a regular basis can help slow the decline and might help repair damage caused by previous smoking.
Diet Rich in Apples and Tomatoes May Help Repair Lungs of Ex-smokers,” Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 12/21/17
“Dietary Antioxidants and 10-Year Lung Function Decline in Adults . . .” by V. Garcia-Larsen et al., European Respiratory Journal, 12/17