Air pollution has become a serious health hazard in India. Recent studies listed several Indian cities among the most polluted in the world. The toxic fumes make it difficult to breathe without a mask. The high level of concentration of pollutants in the air is there for a number of reasons, such as stubble burning, C02 emissions by factories and vehicles. There are a number of foods that we can add to our diet to help our body breathe easy in these testing times. These green foods are naturally enriched with good nutrition and antioxidants, and are a must-have on a daily basis.
Here Are 7 Green Herbs And Vegetables To Include In Your Diet To Combat Pollution:
1. Amaranth Leaves (Cholai)
Amaranth leaves or Cholai ka saag is enriched with Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene. According to consultant nutritionist Rupali Dutta, Vitamin C is the ‘single most potent antioxidant’ for our body. “Lungs are the first mechanism affected by smog and the most potent vitamin to combat lung-related health conditions is vitamin C. Foods like amaranth, avocados, tomato and green-leafy vegetables are the most efficient sources of vitamin C.”
2. Coriander Leaves
There’s a reason why so many Indian dishes are garnished with coriander leaves – and now we have another one to do so! Another great source of Vitamin C, coriander is a must-have in the daily diet to keep lungs healthy. Coriander leaves can also be converted into a healthy chutney to accompany meals.
One of nature’s most powerful herbs, Tulsi has been recommended since times immemorial as a great way to naturally cure cough and cold. As per Dr. Ashok of the Himalayan Drug Company, “Tulsi modulates healthy immune response and supports early recovery from respiratory illnesses; it suppresses cough and assists in calming and dilating the lung’s airways, thus relieving chest congestion.”
Methi or fenugreek is a winter green which is eaten in various forms across the country. The humble leafy vegetable makes for a great addition to the diet due to its high content of beta-carotene, a nutrient which boosts antioxidant activity in the body while controlling inflammation.
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