These Kinds of Foods May Help Prevent ALS.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013
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 new study finding that eating colorful fruits and vegetables can delay or even prevent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly know as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/these-kinds-of-foods-may-help-prevent-als) notes, the natural chemicals making those healthy foods bright in color are responsible for their ability to delay or prevent ALS; those chemicals would be carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene and lutein. They were linked with ALS protection. Any fruits or vegetables that are bright red, yellow, or orange are swimming in carotenoids—known for their powerful disease-preventing abilities.
As the article “These Kinds of Foods May Help Prevent ALS” reports, ALS is a progressive neurological disease that attacks neurons in the brain and spinal cord, which control voluntary muscles. As the upper and lower motor neurons degenerate, the muscles they control gradually weaken and waste away, leading to paralysis. It develops between ages 40 and 70, with men more at risk. This is the biggest study to look at the role of antioxidants in food and ALS prevention.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that using data from five large population studies, researchers investigated more than one million people. They uncovered about 1,100 ALS cases. They found that a greater total carotenoid intake was linked to reduced risk of ALS. Those who ate more carotenoids were more likely to exercise, have an advanced degree, have higher vitamin C consumption, and take vitamin C and E supplements. Also, those with diets high in beta-carotene and lutein (the latter is found in dark green vegetables) had a lower risk.
The article concludes by noting that the researchers found conclusive evidence that consuming carotenoid-rich foods may help prevent or delay the onset of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Following such a diet is extremely healthy for a long list of other reasons as well. Seeing the protective powers against this mysterious, difficult ailment shows the heightened powers of these healthy chemicals.
(SOURCE: Fitzgerald, K., et al., “Intakes of Vitamin C and Carotenoids and Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” Annals of Neurology, published online January 29, 2013.)
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