Study: Alpha-Carotene Found to be Good for Heart and Health

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last week, alpha-carotene was found to be inversely associated with the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Beta-carotene is familial to its alpha counterpart.

"Alpha-carotene has a lot of overlapping chemical properties with beta-carotene, as well as the same perceived mechanisms of effect," Harvard School of Public Health's Howard Sesso told Reuters. "In fact, it's hard to disentangle the two from each other. They tend to travel together."

Several fruits and vegetables contain alpha and beta-carotene, including: sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, pumpkin, and many more.

Lead author Dr. Chaoyang Li told the New York Times that more research is needed for alpha-carotene. Adding that although there is an "association" between better health and alpha-carotene, the study does not clinically prove that alpha-carotene prevents cardiovascular disease and/or cancer.