Eating plenty of vegetables is a great way to balance your diet, keep your weight in check and get enough fiber, but the right type of veggies might just help prolong your life.
New research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has linked the antioxidant alpha-carotene to a reduced risk of death. Researchers analyzed blood samples more than fifteen thousand adults over the course of a fourteen year period looking for the effects that alpha-carotene had on health.
Based on the information gathered in the study, researchers were able to conclude that high levels of alpha-carotene are capable of reducing the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and just about any other cause by nearly forty percent. The powerful antioxidant is relatively easy to incorporate into your diet and readily found in dark green veggies like spinach and broccoli and yellow and orange and yellow veggies like squash, carrots and yams.
This study shows further proof that proper attention to diet is a crucial part of your overall health. While an occasional treat or indulgence here and there is okay, it’s imperative that you take the advice of your health care provider when it comes to following a healthier diet if you want to live a healthier life.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle isn’t nearly as difficult as most people seem to believe. Simple changes like adding foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can make a big difference in your health. Consult your health care provider for helpful hints on easy dietary changes and changes in daily activity that could have a powerful impact on your quality of life.