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Higher Vegetable Intake May Help Protect Against Systemic Inflammation

Systemic inflammation occurs when the body triggers an inflammatory response in reaction to issues such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too much stress. This results in constant increases in inflammatory proteins which can have negative health effects. A new study suggests that higher intake of vegetables may help reduce levels of inflammatory biomarkers in mature adults.

The researchers recruited 233 adults between the ages of 65 and 70 to participate in the study. A food frequency questionnaire was used to measure dietary intake of fruits and vegetables. Levels of inflammatory biomarkers were evaluated using blood samples.

Participants with the highest intake of vegetables (more than 2 servings per day) had lower levels of the inflammatory biomarker interleukin-6 compared to those with the lowest intake. No association was found between fruit intake and inflammatory biomarkers.

The study was conducted by researchers from Örebro University. It was published online ahead of print on April 23, 2022 in the journal Nutrients.

A recent study found that a higher omega-3 index was associated with lower systemic inflammation
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