I have many seafood dishes that I love, and the best part is that seafood is so beneficial for my lung health. On many occasions, I’ve discussed how eating a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carb diet can benefit people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One of the components you should strongly consider adding to this type of diet is seafood, because seafood can offer you 3 lung-health benefits.
1. Can Help Reduce Inflammation
Omega-3s are a type of fatty acids found in several types of foods, but seafood is a particularly good source of this beneficial nutrient. There are many reasons omega-3-rich seafood can benefit your lung health. This molecule is known to help fight inflammation, and this could be particularly helpful for your COPD-related lung inflammation. Omega-3s have also been shown to help the body fight off bacteria that can cause lung infections and worsen COPD symptoms.
2. May Boost Immune System Function
Besides being high in omega-3 fatty acids, seafood is also beneficial to the lungs because it has lots of vitamins and minerals. Tuna and clams are both high in vitamin A, and this vitamin has a big role in immune system function and cell repair processes. Other types of seafood like salmon and oysters contain a lot of vitamin D. Getting enough vitamin D is a good idea for COPD patients because it helps boost the immune system and protect respiratory function. To get some of these seafood-based vitamins into your meal plan, you should try this recipe for Herb-Grilled Halibut Steaks.
3. Combines Well With Other Lung-Healthy Ingredients
Another benefit of adding more seafood to your diet is that it pairs well with other lung-healthy ingredients, and this means that there are a wide variety of seafood meals you can choose from. Check out this recipe for Salmon With Green Beans and Walnuts. This option combines the benefits of salmon with the vitamin C and A found in green beans. You also get an even greater amount of omega-3s thanks to the walnuts. Seafood also combines well with citrus fruits like lemons and limes, and these offer a lot of immune-boosting vitamin C. Butter is another ingredient commonly paired with seafood, and it can help add to the amount of healthy fats you’ll get from a seafood dish.
Find Many Other Seafood-Based Options From Lung Health Institute
At Lung Health Institute, we offer many natural treatment options for COPD and other chronic lung diseases. One of these options is our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans.
One big component of these plans is information about many lung-healthy food options, including seafood. There is also information about specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. Other information in these plans includes exercise tips, sleeping tips and lung-health supplement information. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of helping to boost your immune system and training your body to fight inflammation using fats.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.