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This study is based on data collected from nearly 2,500 Chinese people over the age of 55 who were participating in the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Studies. They answered a series of questionnaires about dietary and lifestyle habits, including questions about smoking, curry and other spice intake, supplement use, and consumption of certain foods. They also underwent lung function tests.
The researchers analyzing the data made the following connections:
Although these findings do not tell us whether smokers with COPD can improve their breathing by adding curry dishes to their diet, they do suggest that curry may have protective effects in the lungs. One of the main ingredients in most curries is turmeric, a culinary and medicinal herb that is responsible for curry’s characteristic yellow color and has a well-known anti-inflammatory constituent (curcumin).
“The results of this preliminary study indicate that consumption of curry meals may improve the pulmonary function of the elderly, especially in smokers,” said Dr. Laura M. Bystrom in a report on the study in the American Botanical Council’s HerbClip.
If you smoke or smoked in the past, you may be able to mitigate the damage to your lungs by including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods, like curry, in your diet. Here are some specific ways you can take care of your lungs:
(PLoS ONE 2012;7: e51753. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051753)