Fruit and vegetable intakes, C-reactive protein, and the metabolic syndrome.

Decreased metabolic syndrome risk is associated with high intakes of fruits and vegetables.

This study evaluated the relationship between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and plasma levels of C-reactive, and the development metabolic syndrome. Researchers examined the dietary data of 486 female subjects between the ages of 40-60 years residing in the Iranian capital city of Tehran. The blood pressure, plasma levels of C-reactive protein, and relevant anthropometric and biochemical variables were measured in all the subjects.

Researchers discovered that regular consumers of fruits and vegetables had low levels of C-reactive proteins (biomarker of inflammation) in their blood. Metabolic syndrome risk was found to be reduced by 30% in frequent consumers of vegetables and 34% in habitual consumers of fruits. The results of this study show that consuming large quantities of fruits and vegetables may cut down an individual’s risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

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