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Eat leafy green vegetables to keep your lungs healthy

13 August, 2023

Eating your leafy green vegetables will lead to healthy lungs and help ward off asthma, a study suggests. People with low levels of vitamin K in their blood are more likely to have poor lung function and to say they suffer with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and wheezing, according to new research.

Vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, vegetable oils and cereal grains.

It plays a role in blood clotting, and so helps the body to heal wounds, but researchers know very little about its role in lung health.

Vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, vegetable oils and cereal grains and scientists say it has been linked to healthy lungs

A team from the University of Copenhagen analysed 4,000 people who took part in lung function testing, gave blood samples and answered questionnaires on their health and lifestyle.

They discovered people with low markers of vitamin K performed worse on the lung function tests and were twice as likely to say they had COPD, 44 percent more likely to say they had asthma and 81 per cent more likely to report wheezing.

Dr. Torkil Jespersen, one of the study’s authors, said: ‘We already know that vitamin K has an important role in the blood and research is beginning to show that it’s also important in heart and bone health, but there’s been very little research looking at vitamin K and the lungs.

‘To our knowledge, this is the first study on vitamin K and lung function in a large general population. ‘Our results suggest that vitamin K could play a part in keeping our lungs healthy.’

The team said their new findings do not alter the current advice on vitamin K intake, but they do support further research to see if some people could benefit from taking vitamin K supplements.

The NHS website states that adults need approximately 1 microgram a day of vitamin K for each kilogram of their body weight.

For example, someone who weighs 65kg would need 65 micrograms a day of vitamin K. Experts say people should be able to get all the vitamin K they need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and innovation at Asthma and Lung UK, said: ‘This interesting research looks at the link between vitamin K and having a lung condition, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

‘We’d be interested to see further research in this area so we can better understand if levels of vitamin K are directly associated with lung function, which could help us better understand the impact of diet on people with lung conditions. ‘Research such as this is important, because lung conditions are the third biggest killer in the UK, but only 2 per- cent of public funding is spent on research into lung conditions that would help diagnose, treat and manage them much more effectively. -Daily