Why Lung Cancer Patients Should Eat Fruits

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 01, 2013

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Why Lung Cancer Patients Should Eat Fruits

Fruits bring host of health benefits for lung cancer patients. High in nutritional value but low in calories, fresh fruits should be an integral part of diet chart to help reduce the risks of lung cancer complications. Since loss of appetite and lack of energy level are the common concerns of lung cancer patients, incorporation of variety of foods in diet plan for lung cancer is a must.


[Read: Diet for Lung Cancer Patients]


How fruits help lung cancer patients?

  • Fruits alleviate energy levels to enable lungs to carry out their functions, especially breathing. Any interruption in normal exchange, ‘intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide’, worsens the circumstances for lung cancer patients.


  • A diet plan encompassing  fruits decreases the risk of chronic illnesses. High in vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, antioxidants and biologically active phytochemicals, fruits prevent health complications. According to American Thoracic Society, a diet high in tomatoes and apples shield you against respiratory illness. They recommend five or more servings of apples per week or 3 servings of tomatoes per week to decrease lung cancer complications.
  • Recommended intake of fruit is based on age, gender, calorie consumption and activity level. For example, if you’re on a 2,000 calorie diet, you need to consume 4 servings or 2 cups of fruit daily. For lung cancer patients, fibre-rich and whole fruits are recommended rather than high sugar fruit juices.
  • Fruits should be an integral part of diet chart, whether you want to decrease risk of developing lung cancer or going for a well-balanced diet for a healthier you. Anyone can benefit from incorporation of variety of fruits in their dietary schedule. Moreover, patients have an option to eat them raw or as a salad or even as a dessert.


[Read: Five Cancer Fighting Foods]


  • Besides apple and tomato, fresh pineapple is another cancer-fighting food option for lung cancer patients. According to a report published in International Journal of Cancer, every 100 g of pineapple reduces the lung cancer risk by 10 percent. Pakistani Journal of Nutrition also claimed in a report that pineapple has a unique antioxidant enzyme, known as bromelain, which can inhibit cancer cell growth.

Fresh fruits are laden with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that boost lung health. Variety of fruits could make a drastic change in recovery from lung cancer, by reducing cancer risk by a great extent. Moreover, add more fruits in the dietary plan to fight lung cancer and adhere to some lifestyle changes you have been asked to by your doctor.


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