People who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables tend to be more optimistic about the future. This was revealed by new research published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, which once again turns the spotlight on carotenoids, antioxidants capable of binding and eliminating free radicals, helping the immune system.
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People who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables they tend to be more optimistic about the future. This was revealed by new research published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, which once again turns the spotlight on carotenoids, antioxidants capable of binding and eliminate free radicals, helping the immune system.
The researchers subjected 982 volunteers, both men and women, aged 25 to 74, to blood tests to assess the levels of 9 different antioxidants, including carotenoids, and to a questionnaire to analyze habits. , lifestyles and, among other things, also the degree of optimism. This is how they found that the most optimistic had higher carotenoid levels, even 13%, compared to those who were pessimistic.
The team then linked these findings to the participants' different eating habits, noting who consumed 3 or more servings a day of fruit and vegetables was more optimistic, while those who ate less than 2 were pessimistic. For this the experts have come to the conclusion that i higher levels of fruit and vegetable consumptionand among the most optimistic people can, at least in part, explain the results.
“Individuals with greater optimism tended to have higher levels of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, in their blood. This is the first study of its kind to signal a relationship between optimism and a higher level of carotenoid concentration, ”concludes Julia Boehm of the Harvard School of Public Health, adding that antioxidants could have an anti-stress effect. In short, fruit and vegetables are good for our body and also for our mind, giving us good emotions. Although researchers are still not quite sure how.
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