Monday, January 10, 2011

Health Nut for the Day

Live Longer with Alpha Carotene

Where can one find alpha carotene?  EAT YOUR VEGGIES...LOVE YOUR VEGGIES

According to RealAge.com you can find this nutrient in almost every colorful vegetable, especially yellow, orange, and dark green ones like winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, peas, broccoli, and kale. 
yellow, orange, and dark green squash

Also, a recent 14-year study showed that people with the highest levels of alpha carotene had a "39 percent lower risk of dying from any cause, including heart disease and cancer".

carrots
kale
Researchers from Serum {alpha}-carotene concentrations and risk of death among US adults: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Follow-up Study. Li, C. et al., Archives of Internal Medicine 2010 Nov 22 believe this "hardworking, free-radical-fighting antioxidant" may be able to slow and stop the growth of certain cancer cells more than beta carotene.