There’s another reason to eat your fruits and veggies. A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.
Researchers looked at patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and found that those with low levels of vitamin C had an increased risk of breathing problems on days when outdoor air pollution levels were high.
The study adds to a small but growing body of evidence that the effects of air pollution might be modified by antioxidants.
“It is certainly biologically plausible that vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, could protect against the effects of air pollution,” said Patrick Ryan, an epidemiologist at Cincinnati Children’s, commenting on the study.