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Thursday, August 18, 2005

An orange a day to fight arthritis?

A research by Dr. Alan J. Silman, from The University of Manchester in the UK, and colleagues shows that foods contain carotenoid compounds can reduce inflammation. Those compounds are carotenoids beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. But two other carotenoid, lutein and lycopene, does not seem to protect against arthritis.
Drinking a glass of orange juice a day may help stave off arthritis, new research suggests. Certain carotenoids, compounds commonly found in some fruits and vegetables, appear to be responsible.

The findings from previous studies have suggested that dietary carotenoids, the chemicals responsible for the orange and yellow coloring of fruits and vegetables, can reduce inflammation through antioxidant effects.

Read more: Want to avoid arthritis? Crunch on carrots


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