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Fruit and Vegetables can help prevent arthritis

18th August 2005

Eating fruits and vegetables may help prevent arthritis, according to new research from the University of Manchester.

The team found that people consuming high levels of certain carotenoids, which cause the yellow and orange colour in fruits and vegetables, were more likely to live arthritis free than those consuming lower amounts.

Dr Alan Silman and his colleagues, examined data from a study of more than 25,000 people for an association between dietary carotenoids and arthritis risk.

The subjects were followed up between 1993 and 2001, during which time 88 developed arthritis in multiple-joints.

When compared to healthy subjects, the average intake of carotenoids (beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin) in those people with arthritis was between 40 and 20 per cent lower.

"These data add to a growing body of evidence that some dietary antioxidants, such as the carotenoids beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin as well as vitamin C, may be protective against the development of arthritis," the authors wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Vitamin C and carotenoids can be found in oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, pineapples, carrots and cranberries.