High fruit and vegetable diets may reduce an individual's susceptibility to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
This study assessed the relationship between the intake of fruits and vegetables and the propensity of having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Data on the dietary habits and incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis among 153 Japanese men and women were obtained from questionnaires and hospital records.
Researchers observed a drop in the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis was associated with regular ingestion of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants. "Our findings suggest that higher intake of food rich in antioxidants such as fruit and vegetables confer protection against the development of ALS," concluded the authors.