Posted at: 01/29/2013 6:49 AM
Eating brightly colored fruits and veggies could help lower the risk of ALS.
Harvard University researchers wanted to determine the role of diet in preventing ALS -- which attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
They found people who ate more carotenoids -- which give fruits and vegetables their bright colors -- had a reduced risk of ALS.
While beta-carotene and lutein were strongly linked to a decreased ALS risk, researchers found diets high in lycopene and vitamin C did not affect a patient's risk of the disease.