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Eating A Variety Of Fruits And Vegetables Decreases Risk Of Developing Lung Cancer, Study Finds

November 25, 2010 by  

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables decreases risk of developing lung cancer, study findsEuropean researchers have discovered that consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables could significantly reduce a person’s risk of developing lung cancer, according to a recent article published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Although previous studies have indicated that the right amount of fruits and vegetables can help to prevent lung cancer, the new research delves into how a wide variety of these foods can also make a difference. Maria Jose Sanchez Perez, co-author of the investigation, said that this is especially important for smokers.

Sub-groups relate to different categories of fruits and vegetables. For example, MyPyramid.gov indicates that dark greens like broccoli or watercress are considered a vegetable sub-group. Meanwhile, apples and berries are considered as different categories of fruit.

According to the results of the research, individuals who eat more than eight sub-groups of vegetables could reduce their lung cancer risk by 23 percent, compared to those who eat less than four of these sub-groups. The risk of this disease is decreased by 4 percent each time another sub-group is added.

More than 196,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with lung cancer in a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • http://marcum@wildblue.net coal miner

    Attention:

    Live Longer,eat fruits and vegetables:

    November 25, 2010

    AAAShare this:
    Fruits and Vegetables May Prolong Your Life
    Study Shows Foods Rich in Antioxidants May Reduce the Risk of Death
    By Jennifer Warner
    WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD Nov. 22, 2010 — Eat your veggies and you may live longer, a study suggests.

    The study shows that eating foods rich in antioxidants, like vegetables and fruits, fights disease and may prolong life.

    Researchers found that people with the highest levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene in their blood had a 39% lower risk of death from any cause, including heart disease and cancer, than those who had the lowest levels of the antioxidant during the 14-year study.

    “These findings support increasing fruit and vegetable consumption as a means of preventing premature death,” write researcher Chaoyang Li, MD, PhD, of the CDC and colleagues in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

    Alpha-carotene is part of a group of antioxidants known as carotenoids, which also includes beta-carotene and lycopene. Vegetables particularly high in alpha-carotene include yellow-orange vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash, and dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, green peas, spinach, turnip greens, collards, and lettuce.

    Although previous studies have suggested eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of disease, studies have not shown that taking beta-carotene supplements reduces the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer.

    Researchers wanted to see if other carotenoids may also play a role in reducing the risk of disease.

    Reduced Risk of Death
    In this study, researchers looked at the relationship between blood levels of alpha-carotene and the risk of death in 15,318 adults who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Follow-up Study.

    The participants provided blood samples between 1988 and 1994 and were followed through 2006.

    The results showed the risk of dying during the follow-up period was consistently lower in people with higher levels of alpha-carotene in the blood. The protective effect of alpha-carotene also increased as blood levels of the antioxidant increased.

    For example, compared with people with the lowest levels of alpha-carotene (between 0 and 1 microgram per deciliter) the risk of death was 23% lower among those who had concentrations of between 2 and 3 micrograms per deciliter. The risk of death was 39% lower among those with the highest levels of alpha-carotene in their blood (9 micrograms per deciliter or higher).

    Researchers say higher levels of the antioxidant were also linked to a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer as well as from any other cause.

    They say alpha-carotene is chemically similar to beta-carotene but may be more effective at protecting cells in the brain, liver and skin.

    ©2005-2010 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

  • newspooner

    If people want to live longer and stay healthy, the best starting point is the 1,2,3,4 nutritional regimen:

    Every day, eat:

    1 banana, 2 carrots, 3 apples, and 4 stalks of celery. Chew food thoroughly, and relax for 20 minutes after eating a medium or large meal. Use your own taste and comfort preferences to select other food to eat to complete your daily food intake. Generally, trust your body to tell you which foods are good for YOU and which are not.

    As for good dental health, the most important rules are:

    1. Don’t get hit in the mouth with a hockey stick, etc.
    2. Change the taste in your mouth several times each day, never making a habit of ending a meal with the same food or drink two times in a row.
    3. Avoid all fluorides.
    4. Be prompt to get any food particles out from in between your teeth when you finish eating, not necessarily by brushing.
    5. Always rub your tongue over the front and back surfaces of both your upper and lower teeth after eating or drinking anything.

  • smithington

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