If you’re a smoker it’s worth eating three servings of fruit and vegetables a day and drinking tea (black or green).  By doing so you may lower your risk of lung cancer in smokers – this finding doesn’t apply to lung cancer in non-smokers.

This is the result of a reasonably sized study (558 people with lung cancer and 837 people who did not have lung cancer had their dietary history analyzed) from UCLA.

Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of public health and epidemiology said:

“What we found was extremely interesting, that several types of flavonoids are associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer among smokers.”

Flavonoids are water-soluble plant pigments that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can counteract damage to tissues.

Zhang said the flavonoids that appeared to be the most protective included catechin, found in strawberries and green and black teas, kaempferol, found in Brussels sprouts and apples, and quercetin, found in beans, onions and apples.

This is a comparatively small study and larger studies will be needed, but it is certainly a very encouraging result.

There have been similar findings from other studies which I have done posts about here and here.


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8 Comments to “Lung Cancer and Fruit and Vegetables”

  1. Miss Smack says:

    I feel lucky that I don’t smoke. I have smoked in the past but ugh, happily threw the health risks and expense away!

  2. Evan says:

    Hi Miss Smack,

    Thankfully I never took up the habit so didn’t have the hassles of giving up.

    How people manage to afford it is beyond. It is just so expensive now.

    Thanks for you comment.

  3. Miss Smack says:

    I’m writing about you. Are your ears burning? 🙂

  4. Evan says:

    Hmm. Thinks: I wonder what?



  5. Miss Smack says:

    Well, something nice of course!

  6. Ryan says:

    Yeah fruits and veggies are always a good choice. Also, according to Dr. David Hawkins, you can avoid lung cancer by smoking organically grown tobacco (instead of regular ones) and taking 2000 mg of vitamin c a day (if memory serves me correctly) since the cancer is supposedly caused by a pesticide that was introduced in the 50’s.

  7. Evan says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I doubt it. Smokers died earlier than non-smokers well before the 1950’s.

    Vitamin C is a good supplement though – and it may protect against cancer.

    And eating more fruit and veg helps us in other ways too.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. I like the latest post on your blog btw.

  8. lungs with cancer from smoking…

    To be more specific……

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