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Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study that has found that eating carrots is even healthier than previously believed. According to the study’s findings, carotenoids, the pigments in fruit and vegetables that make them colorful, can help protect older men from hip fractures.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/avoid-hip-fractures-with-this-nutrient) notes, the news was revealed at a major osteoporosis conference in Singapore, and comes from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, which examined more than 63,000 adults over the age of 45 to investigate the possibility of a link between carotenoids and hip fracture risk. The participants suffered 1,630 hip fractures between 1993 and 2010.
As the article “Avoid Hip Fractures with this Nutrient” reports, the men in the study who ate the most total vegetables and total carotenoids had the greatest protection from hip fractures, which are often brought on by weakening bones and osteoporosis. The best known carotenoid is beta-carotene, the orange pigment in carrots and other bright veggies. For women, vegetables and carotenoids did not protect hip bones from fracture.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article adds that a good rule of thumb for carotenoids is that the more yellow and orange produce a person eats, the more of these potent antioxidants they will ingest. Carotenoids are converted by the body into vitamin A.
The article concludes that the study shows that getting carotenoids through the diet is linked to fracture protection for men, but more studies will be needed to see if supplementing carotenoids can do the same.
(SOURCE: Dai, Z., et al., “OC12 Dietary carotenoids reduced hip fracture risk in lean men: the Singapore Chinese Health Study,” Osteoporos. Int. 2012; 23(7).)
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