Can Fruits and Vegetables Help Manage the Symptoms of COPD?
According to a recent study, 10 servings of fruits and vegetables may just what the doctor ordered when it comes to reducing the risk of COPD and the management of the disease. For each additional serving (above the standard five) former smokers’ risk of developing COPD reduced by four percent and eight percent for current smokers. Of course, the study still notes that quitting smoking is the best thing anyone can do to reduce their risk of developing COPD.
But it’s not just about preventing the disease. This report on Everyday Health shares that fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are essential for managing COPD. In particular, fruits and vegetables high in vitamin A have been shown to improve symptoms. If you have limited energy, you can always buy vegetables that are pre-cut and ready to steam. Fruits are also easy as there is very little prep involved. You can even buy frozen vegetables that you can cook in the microwave, which saves time and effort.