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Pill Packed with Fruit Concentrates May Reduce Chronic Disease Risk

Packing the power of fruits and vegetables into a small pill may effectively reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic disease according to researchers from the University of South Carolina.

The researchers conducted a study on 117 people with an average age of 35 and published their findings in the April 2010 issue of the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

The participants were randomly assigned to receive capsules containing a powder concentrate of various fruits and vegetables or a placebo for 60 days. The researchers were able to place an impressive range of fruits and vegetables into one capsule including cherry, apple, broccoli, cranberry, orange, pineapple, spinach and tomato.

At the end of the 60 days, the researchers found that the participants given the fruit and vegetable concentrate had reductions in numerous inflammatory markers. The reductions ranged from 16% to 35%.

Reducing inflammation in the body is extremely important because chronic inflammation can lead to a large number of health issues including heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, type-2 diabetes and arthritis.

Chronic inflammation gets more and more common as you age, making it even more important to consume fruits and vegetables daily. The researchers did note that the pill is by no means a safe alternative to eating fruits and vegetables but it seems to be a simple way to get at least some of the health benefits.

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