New Delhi: We are bound to breathe polluted air. The quality of air is deteriorating rapidly in Indian cities. India’s capital New Delhi always hits headlines for the extreme air pollution. India’s other cities are also growing as a gas chamber. Recently, world body World Health Organization (WHO) put up a scary figure estimating that the air pollution accounted for 12.4 lakh deaths in India in 2017.
Air pollution is fatal for a human body and it triggers many diseases. The pollutants lead to respiratory illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing. If someone has any existing cardiac and respiratory problem, it would be dangerous for him/her to exposure to air pollutants.
Meanwhile, you may feel helpless against the smog-filled-weather but you can prevent your heart from the pollution with some rich anti-oxidant foods. Researchers found these foods are rich in vitamin C and E that can enable to fight against air pollution:
- Olive oil
Olive oil is a very good friend of the lung as it improves the lung function. The oil contained alpha-tocopherol, vitamin E and fatty acids which help to counter pollutants. For the best benefit from the olive oil, it should be consumed with salads as exposure to heat during cooking may lose some of its health properties.
Flaxseed contains high levels of phytoestrogens, omega 3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens (anti-oxidant property) that reduces the symptoms of asthma and other allergic reactions.
Avocado contains vitamin E that can reduce the effects of air pollution on the lungs. The consuming foods such as avocado and spinach, both high in vitamin E, check the effects of pollution.
Broccoli removes toxins associated with ozone and particulate matter pollution. Sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound contained in broccoli helps to remove of toxins.
Tomatoes contain lycopene- an antioxidant that protects against respiratory illnesses.
Further, there are some other foods like- arugula, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Kale, Radish and Turnips also helpful in countering air pollution.