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Keeping your lungs healthy has always been important but it has become even more critical in these days of the pandemic. The Covid 19 virus affects the lung adversely and it becomes even more important to have your stronger than ever before. While pollution is a risk and you cannot do much about it, there are certain foods rich in Vitamin A which can help you improve your lung health. Team RetyrSmart
Improve your lung health with these healthy foods
Here are some vitamin A-rich foods you can eat for strong lungs:
According to National Institute of Nutrition, 100 gms of carrots contain 8840 micrograms of vitamin A. With winters setting in, you can use this healthy vegetable to make gajar ka halwa, carrot juice, salad, sandwich and tons of Indian and international dishes.
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- Green Leafy Vegetables
Spinach, cabbage, broccoli, methi and more such green vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A and the good news is that the winter produce abounds with greens.
Light and tasty fish is a good choice to avail your fill of vitamin A. Grill it, saute it or steam it, and enjoy some healthy fish meals this season.
Pumpkin provides a good amount of alpha-carotene, a carotenoid that converts to vitamin A. You can get 2100 micrograms of vitamin A nutrient from 100 grams portion of pumpkin, as per National Institute of Nutrition.
The bright red vegetable contains loads of vitamin A and beta-carotene antioxidant that helps in flushing out the toxins and fight harmful radicals present in polluted air.
Most of us eat eggs almost every day but avoid egg yolks for their high fat content. Whole egg, including egg yolk, is a very good source of vitamin A. So, eat those yolks too, but discerningly.
Another winter-special food, green peas (matar) are universal in its usage in Indian and global cuisine.
You may singularly not change the air around you but you can try to protect your lungs from the effects of the pollution. Include these vitamin A-rich foods to your diet.