New research suggests that alpha-carotene, found in certain fruits and vegetables can reduce a person’s risk of dying from heart attacks and or cancer.
The plant chemical is known as an antioxident and is found in abundance in carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and spinach.
Many people fail to eat veggies because they would rather eat unhealthy foods, but this research indicates that they might want to think twice.
According to the CDC research team, the 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.
“Carotenoids other than beta-carotene may contribute to the reduction in disease risk, and their effects on risk of disease merit investigation,” said Dr Chaoyang Li, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.