Fruits, Vegetables, and Teas: Grow, Eat and Drink to Avoid Risk of Lung Cancer If You are a Smoking Gardener

Fruits, Vegetables, and Teas: Grow, Eat and Drink to Avoid Risk of Lung Cancer If You are a Smoking Gardener

I am not sure if you are a regular or occasional smoker. Nevertheless, if you are an active gardener and at the same time a smoker then this information would certainly help you a lot.Being a smoker, you are certainly exposed to the risks of developing related health problems. Lung cancer is one of the major health problems that affect the smokers most. Can gardening help in some way? Could you avoid risks of developing cancer if you eat more fruits and vegetables? Yes, indeed!

If you are a smoker and you are ingesting high levels of natural chemicals known as the “flavonoids” in your regular diet then you are at considerably low risk of developing lung cancer. You must know that almost 90% of lung cancer patients have been found to be active smokers. ULCA researchers have concluded this in a recent study published in the journal “Cancer.”

Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, researcher at ULCA’s Johnson Caner Center and an eminent professor of public health and epidemiology says,”what we found was extremely interesting that several types of flavionoids are associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer among smokers.”

Flavonoids are typical pigments rich in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These pigments are water-soluble. These special features of the flavonoids make them quite counteractive to the tissue damaging. Researchers observed that the participants of the study who ate food rich in flavonoids were better protected against the risk of developing lung cancer. This capability was recorded as less in those who did not intake the flavonoid rich food.

Researchers at the same time also identified specific fruits and vegetables, which were rich in flavonoids and were supportive of avoiding the risk of developing ling cancer. ‘Catechin’ is one of such typical protective flavonoid, which is commonly found in the strawberries and green and black tea. Similarly, ‘Kaempferol’, another such flavonoid is found in Brussels sprouts and apples while the ‘Quercetin’ flavonoid is present in beans, onions, and apples.

Quitting smoking is the best alternative but it is more often easy said than done. What you should  do then? Should you run around collecting and storing all these flavonoid foodstuffs in your home? I would rather vote in favour of growing them in your own home gardens and ensure safety of your health if you just cannot quit smoking. “It’s not a bad idea for everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more tea,” says Zhang.

This study not only supports the good cause of growing fruits and vegetables in home gardens around the world but also helps smokers being engaged actively in gardening in order to remain fit and healthy and at the minimum risk of developing lung cancer.

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