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Flavonoids Protect Smokers from Lung Cancer

Fruits and Vegetables A breakthrough and unique study conducted by researchers from UCLA cancer research department has found that smokers who consume 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day may be reducing their risk of developing lung cancer. Within fruits, vegetables and organic tea (green and black tea) are natural chemicals known as flavonoids. The participants within this study that consumed a diet with high levels of flavonoids were found to lower their risk of lung cancer. This is quite a breakthrough finding as over 90% of lung cancer cases are developed by tobacco smoke.

Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang was one of the researchers involved in this study and he stated that there are several flavonoids in particular, which provided smokers with the protection they needed to combat lung cancer more than others. Within this study were 558 people with lung cancer and 837 people who did not have lung cancer. The scientists and researchers analyzed the dietary habits of each participant and found that participants in this study who ate certain foods were more protected than others. Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang stated that the flavonoids, which appeared to be most protective were catechin. This can be found in strawberries and green tea, kaempferol that can be derived from apples and lastly quercetin, found in beans, onions and apples.

It is important to note that Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang is not advocating smoking or telling anyone that they do not need to quit smoking. The truth remains that the best course of action is to quit smoking to save your health and your life. If you cannot or do not wish to quit smoking than yes, eating at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is a great way to start with a regular beverage drink of green tea. Flavonoids are especially potent antioxidants, which are chemical compounds that plants produce for their own protection against bacteria and parasites.

Throughout the history of time, flavonoids have been used in alternative and natural forms of medicine to protect our health as well. There are over 4,000 different types of flavonoids, which can be found in:

· Fruits
· Vegetables
· Spices
· Seeds
· Soy products
· Teas

Certain types of flavonoids that can be found within fruits and vegetables today actually have a higher antioxidant activity than Vitamin C and E. Eating healthy can be the key to preventing the onset of lung cancer. The Flavonoids we consume through our diet can help eliminate the free radicals, which can damage our cells and therefore prevent the development of cancer. Take a look at your diet and make the changes necessary to prolong your life.

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Trackback from Jack
Time August 4, 2009 at 9:12 pm

soy milk and dieting…

I cannot agree on everything you say in this article, but perhaps I missed some of the points you were trying to make….

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