Monday, November 22, 2010

Eat Those Fruits and Vegetables

They are called carotenoids. Carotenoids can be found in most common vegetables-- things like carrots and potatoes and pumpkin as well as some of the dark green vegetables like green beans. According to a new report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, carotenoids can help prolong our lives. Over 15,000 people were studied as researchers measured the amount of carotenoids in the body through a test called the blood alpha carotene test. According to the researchers, the risk of death was lower for people with elevated levels of blood alpha carotene. The greater the alpha carotene level, the lower the risk of dying. Of course, this study does not explain why it happens, however it makes the key point that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is beneficial to your health.

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