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  • Lung function tends to peak around the age of 30, after which it starts to decline. The rate of decline varies depending on factors such as smoking, exercise, exposure to pollutants, medical conditions and diet
  • Anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, have been shown to improve symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and help slow the gradual decline in lung health associated with aging
  • Recent research shows those in the highest quartile of anthocyanin intake, compared to those in the lowest quartile, had a significantly reduced annual decline in three lung function measurements over time
  • Polyphenols — plant compounds that give fruits, vegetables and berries their vibrant colors — also lower your risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, erectile dysfunction and cancer, and boost bone and brain health
  • Vitamin C has been found to reduce the health risks to babies born of mothers who smoke, and nanoparticles derived from tea leaves have been found to destroy up to 80 percent of lung cancer cells

By Dr. Mercola

Flavonoids are a group of polyphenols, phytonutrients found in most fruits and vegetables. There are more than 6,000 unique flavonoids, but as a group, they're most well-known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and have been found to lower the risk of many chronic conditions rooted in inflammation. Anthocyanins, specifically — found in red-blue plant pigments that give berries and other foods their red, blue and purple color — have been shown to:

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