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    How can fruits and vegetables help someone suffering from COPD?

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has two major types: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is characterised by infections and inflammation of the lung tissue. Fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants which help to mop up the “free radicals” in our body which can run freely around in COPD patients due to the infection and inflammation.

    You may also consider taking a fish oil supplement with omega-3 fatty acids along with antioxidants from fruits and vegetables to help to reduce the inflammation.

    For more expert advice, seek professional help from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). You can find one near you by logging onto

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