New research from the UK confirmed that people who consume high levels of vitamin C and magnesium tend to have healthier lungs. And for the first time, the research showed that people with high levels of vitamin C intake experience fewer declines in lung function over time.
By minimizing the decline in lung function as time passes, a diet containing lots of foods rich in vitamin C may lower the odds of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Mounting evidence suggests that vitamin C and other antioxidant vitamins and minerals may be involved in asthma and COPD, a group of illnesses that includes bronchitis and emphysema.
Exactly how antioxidants keep lungs healthy is uncertain, though they are known to neutralize DNA-ravaging compounds called free radicals that contribute to aging and disease.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham studied more than 2,600 adults and found that high levels of vitamin C and magnesium both corresponded with healthier lungs based on a measure of lung function called forced expiratory volume 1, or FEV1.
Nine years later, when the researchers were able to follow up with a little more than half of the original study participants, they confirmed these findings. Over a period of 9 years, those with higher levels of intake of vitamin C experienced less severe decline in lung function than those with lower levels of intake.
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