Breathe Easier With Fruits and Veggies
John Weisburger, PhD, a senior member of the American Health Foundation in
Valhalla, N.Y., explains that while carotenoids undoubtedly play a role in
neutralizing free radicals, "fruits and vegetables also contain other
antioxidants, like quercitin, that may also play a role," he says.
Although the study's findings apply to smokers and nonsmokers alike, Michaud
has a message for smokers in particular. "We want to re-emphasize that for
lung cancer, the most important thing is to have people stop smoking," she
says. "Then, on top of that, diets rich in fruits and vegetables provide
protection as well." Smoking accounts for more than 90% of the lung cancer
cases seen yearly.
Michaud adds, "We're not sure exactly what's in vegetables that gives
protection, so it's important to eat the fruits and vegetables and not just
take a pill."