Everybody desires to live a longer and healthier life. This often involves finding way to evade both illness and disability. In line with the intention to live longer, health guides are introduced to people which encompass mainly eating healthy and maintaining regular exercise routines.
The researchers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article in the Journal Archives of International Medicine about the longer life associated with higher levels of alpha-carotene in their blood . Based on the findings, people who frequently eat fruits and vegetables are expected to live longer than others who do not.
Aside from alpha-carotene, lycopene and beta-carotene are also considered carotenoids present in microorganisms and in plants, which contribute to longer existence. They work by counteracting damages associated with oxygen to fats, proteins and DNA. These damages contribute to the progression of serious conditions including chronic diseases, heart diseases and cancer.
Aside from fruits and vegetables, carotenoids can also be found from antioxidant supplements. A good source of alpha-carotene is a fruit called cantaloupe melon.
Vegetables that are rich in alpha-carotene include the yellow-orange and dark-green vegetables. Yellow-orange vegetables include sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots and pumpkin. Dark-green vegetables include green beans, green peas, broccoli, collards, leaf lettuce, turnips greens and spinach.
Based on the relevant report, higher intakes of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduction in the risk of chronic disease progression. The lower the risk associated with developing chronic diseases in a person denotes a higher chance of living a life longer than expected.
While alpha-carotene intake is found out to contribute to a person’s longevity, no randomized controlled trials have ever associated this effect with supplements containing beta-carotene.
Generally, this study has just manifested the actual benefits of enriching fruits and vegetables in a daily diet. Note that the more fruits and vegetables incorporated in your diet, the more alpha-carotene you’ll ingest. From the conclusions of the study authors, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in your diet is a means to reduce your risk of premature death. Specifically, they note that serum alpha-carotene concentrations were inversely associated with risks of death from not only cardiovascular disease, cancer, but all causes as well.