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Eating brightly colored fruits, veggies could lower the risk of ALS

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.