Beta Carotene, Lutein & Lycopene Help Maintain Lung Function
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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The importance of a consistent intake of various types of carotenes in your diet cannot be underestimated. These unique compounds accumulate in organ systems and protect them. A new study shows that over a 15 year period young adults who maintained higher levels of beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene It is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment and phytochemical found in red colored fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, and papayas. Research suggests amelioration of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and infertility. maintained better lung function.
Proper lung function is vital because it is how your body gets oxygen in and CO2 out. If the ability to do this at an optimal rate declines, then stress is shunted to the cardiovascular system which must work harder to do more with less. Such initial health changes set the stage for less than optimal oxygenation of your body, changes in body pH, and initial signs of cardiovascular problems. If not resolved, initial adverse changes in lung function can snowball into much larger problems.
This new study shows that a variety of carotenes is a great way to support lung health over time. Eat a varied diet with multiple types of vegetables and, especially if you diet is lacking in veggies, take a multiple antioxidant with a mixture of these carotenoids.
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