Vitamins That Help the Lungs After Quitting Smoking
Smoking puts the lungs at increased risk for cellular damage. After smoking cessation, vitamins can help repair lung damage. Seek the advice of a medical professional before trying to prevent, treat or cure any lung condition.
Smoking leads to the increased oxidative damage of lung tissue. The toxins found in cigarette smoke cause the increased production of free radicals that attach themselves to lung cells and cause their damage or death, according to a study published in 2008 in the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine." Antioxidants will help your lungs recover. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin found in foods including citrus fruits, broccoli and bell peppers, is a powerful antioxidant. The vitamin may reduce the harmful effects of toxic cigarette smoke, according to the researchers.
- Smoking leads to the increased oxidative damage of lung tissue.
- The toxins found in cigarette smoke cause the increased production of free radicals that attach themselves to lung cells and cause their damage or death, according to a study published in 2008 in the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine."
Food That Will Heal Your Lungs From Smoke Damage
Vitamin E has been found to help reduce the risk of smoking-related lung tumors. The vitamin helps cells of the body communicate effectively with each other. It is abundant in wheat germ, mustard greens, tomatoes and almonds. Mice that were given vitamin E supplements showed a drastically reduced incidence of lung tumors in a study published in a 2008 issue 0f "Biomed Central Cancer." In addition, less DNA damage and cell death was observed in the rodent's lung tissue.
- Vitamin E has been found to help reduce the risk of smoking-related lung tumors.
Vitamin B-6 is a water-soluble vitamin that's required by the central nervous system, particularly for the synthesis of neurotransmitters that are signaling brain chemicals. The vitamin has also been found to help current smokers as well as former smokers improve their lung health. A study published in 2011 in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" found that higher vitamin B-6 blood levels were linked to a lowered risk of lung cancer in current and past smokers.
Vitamin A Warning
Vitamins for Smoking Detox
Although antioxidants in food generally provide health benefits to people who take them, there is evidence that one in particular may have the opposite effect. A study published in 2009 in the "American Journal of Epidemiology" found that a group of people ages 50 to 75 who took high doses of beta-carotene had an increased risk for lung cancer. The researchers mention that those who currently smoke are especially at risk. The researchers also recommend that those looking to improve lung function after smoking cessation refrain from using high doses of beta-carotene supplements in the long term.
- Although antioxidants in food generally provide health benefits to people who take them, there is evidence that one in particular may have the opposite effect.
- A study published in 2009 in the "American Journal of Epidemiology" found that a group of people ages 50 to 75 who took high doses of beta-carotene had an increased risk for lung cancer.
Food That Will Heal Your Lungs From Smoke Damage
Vitamins for Smoking Detox
Ways to Fix Your Lungs After Smoking
Vitamins That Help the Respiratory System
Fruit Juices for Healthy Lungs
Smoking and Vitamin Absorption
The Effects of Tar in Smoking
What Vitamins Do Mangoes Have?
Can Any Supplements Help Stretch Marks?
How Do I Clean Lungs After Quitting Smoking?
- Biomed Central Cancer: Antioxidant Intervention of Smoking-Induced Lung Tumor in Mice by Vitamin E and Quercetin: December 2008: Jie Yang, at al.
- Journal of the American Medical Association: Serum B Vitamin Levels and Risk of Lung Cancer: January 2011: Mattias Johnson, Ph.D., et el.
- American Journal of Epidemiology: Long-term Use of b-Carotene, Retinol, Lycopene, and Lutein Supplements and Lung Cancer Risk: Results From the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Study: February 2009: Jessie A. Satia, et al.
- Sethi TK, El-ghamry MN, Kloecker GH. Radon and lung cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2012;10(3):157-64. PMID:22402423
- Thun MJ, Hannan LM, Adams-campbell LL, et al. Lung cancer occurrence in never-smokers: an analysis of 13 cohorts and 22 cancer registry studies. PLoS Med. 2008;5(9):e185. PMID:18788891
- Schane RE, Ling PM, Glantz SA. Health effects of light and intermittent smoking: a review. Circulation. 2010;121(13):1518-22. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.904235
- Mccarthy WJ, Meza R, Jeon J, Moolgavkar SH. Chapter 6: Lung cancer in never smokers: epidemiology and risk prediction models. Risk Anal. 2012;32 Suppl 1:S69-84. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01768.x
- De groot PM, Wu CC, Carter BW, Munden RF. The epidemiology of lung cancer. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2018;7(3):220-233. doi:10.21037/tlcr.2018.05.06
- Chang CM, Corey CG, Rostron BL, Apelberg BJ. Systematic review of cigar smoking and all cause and smoking related mortality. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:390. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1617-5
- Scott BR. Residential radon appears to prevent lung cancer. Dose Response. 2011;9(4):444-64. doi:10.2203/dose-response.11-027.Scott
- Breast cancer by the numbers. P T. 2014;39(3):213-4. PMID:24790400
- Naeem Z. Second-hand smoke - ignored implications. Int J Health Sci (Qassim). 2015;9(2):V-VI. PMID:26308069
- Hosgood HD, Boffetta P, Greenland S, et al. In-home coal and wood use and lung cancer risk: a pooled analysis of the International Lung Cancer Consortium. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(12):1743-7. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002217
- Wild P, Gonzalez M, Bourgkard E, et al. Occupational risk factors have to be considered in the definition of high-risk lung cancer populations. Br J Cancer. 2012;106(7):1346-52. doi:10.1038/bjc.2012.75
- Field RW, Withers BL. Occupational and environmental causes of lung cancer. Clin Chest Med. 2012;33(4):681-703. doi:10.1016/j.ccm.2012.07.001
- Kim TW, Koh DH, Park CY. Decision tree of occupational lung cancer using classification and regression analysis. Saf Health Work. 2010;1(2):140-8. doi:10.5491/SHAW.2010.1.2.140
- Linet MS, Slovis TL, Miller DL, et al. Cancer risks associated with external radiation from diagnostic imaging procedures. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012;62(2):75-100. doi:10.3322/caac.21132
- Durham AL, Adcock IM. The relationship between COPD and lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2015;90(2):121-7. doi:10.1016/j.lungcan.2015.08.017
- Chen SC, Teng CJ, Hu YW, et al. Secondary primary malignancy risk among patients with esophageal cancer in Taiwan: a nationwide population-based study. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(1):e0116384. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116384
- Franks AL, Slansky JE. Multiple associations between a broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer. Anticancer Res. 2012;32(4):1119-36. PMID:22493341
- De flora S, La maestra S. Epidemiology of cancers of infectious origin and prevention strategies. J Prev Med Hyg. 2015;56(1):E15-20. PMID:26789827
- Kanwal M, Ding XJ, Cao Y. Familial risk for lung cancer. Oncol Lett. 2017;13(2):535-542. doi:10.3892/ol.2016.5518
- Coté ML, Liu M, Bonassi S, et al. Increased risk of lung cancer in individuals with a family history of the disease: a pooled analysis from the International Lung Cancer Consortium. Eur J Cancer. 2012;48(13):1957-68. doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2012.01.038
- Hicks BM, Filion KB, Yin H, Sakr L, Udell JA, Azoulay L. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and risk of lung cancer: population based cohort study. BMJ. 2018;363:k4209. doi:10.1136/bmj.k4209
- Zhu Y, Wei Y, Zhang R, et al. Elevated Platelet Count Appears to Be Causally Associated with Increased Risk of Lung Cancer: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019;28(5):935-942. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0356
- Lam WK. Lung cancer in Asian women-the environment and genes. Respirology. 2005;10(4):408-17. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2005.00723.x
- Yu N, Su X, Wang Z, Dai B, Kang J. Association of Dietary Vitamin A and β-Carotene Intake with the Risk of Lung Cancer: A Meta-Analysis of 19 Publications. Nutrients. 2015;7(11):9309-24. doi:10.3390/nu7115463
- Bagnardi V, Randi G, Lubin J, et al. Alcohol consumption and lung cancer risk in the Environment and Genetics in Lung Cancer Etiology (EAGLE) study. Am J Epidemiol. 2010;171(1):36-44. doi:10.1093/aje/kwp332
- Gutierrez A, Suh R, Abtin F, Genshaft S, Brown K. Lung cancer screening. Semin Intervent Radiol. 2013;30(2):114-20. doi:10.1055/s-0033-1342951
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer? Updated 10/17/18.
- Hicks, B., Filian, K., Yin, H. et al. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Risk of Lung Cancer: Population Based Cohort Study. British Medical Journal. 2018, 363:k4337. doi:10.1136/bmj.k4209
- Takiguchi, Y. et al. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a risk factor for lung cancer. World Journal of Oncology. 2014. 5(4):660-6. doi:10.5306/wjco.v5.i4.660
- Zhu, Y., Wei, Y., Zhang, R. et al. Elevated Platelet Count Appears to be Causally Associated with Increased Risk of Lung Cancer: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. Published online January 30, 2019. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0356
- Straif, K. The IARC Monographs, Vol 100: A Review and Update on Occupational Carcinogens. International Agency for Research on Cancer. 23 Oct 2010.
Based in Southern California, Danielle Hall has been researching and writing in the area of health behaviors since 2007. Her area of expertise is health disparity reduction through behavioral change. Hall holds a Master of Science in psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University.