Keys to living longer: Consume more Fruits & Vegetables!


The upcoming March 28th print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, includes a report of how high blood levels of the antioxidant “alpha-carotene” (you get it by consuming fruits and vegetables) appears to help in avoiding premature death.  Nutrients from eating fruits and vegetables include “Carotenoids” (includes beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lycopene) which are produced by plants and act as antioxidants.  As a result, those nutrients counters the development of chronic diseases like heart-disease, and cancer.  The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, (of which 15,318 adults age 20 and older) participated and gave blood samples between 1988 and 1994.  Those participants were then followed through 2006 and studies were done on how they died.  The findings concluded the following…

  • Over the course of the study, 3,810 participants have died; the risk for dying was lower with higher levels of alpha-carotene in the blood.

Indeed, the results validates our society’s time tested practice of why eating more fruits and vegetables can lead to a longer life.

Credit source: High Levels of Antioxidants Alpha-Carotene from Fruits, Vegetables Found to Extend Life. 11/22/10, 2/8/11.

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