If you find yourself fighting different forms of infection, arthritis, or heart disease, it could prove beneficial to start eating a lot of fruit and vegetables that have fiber and carotenoids. They have been proven to lower the inflammation in a person’s body.
The September 2007 issue of Arthritis Today explains that the C-Reactive Protein (CRP), is an indicator of inflammation found in the blood. If a person has a high CRP level in their blood, this could mean that they have some kind of inflammation in their body. This might be from various types of infection, to some form of arthritis, to even heart disease.
A study done by Dana E. King, MD at Medical University of South Carolina, showed that when people increased the amount of fiber that they ate (28 grams each day), their CRP levels in their blood went down. The research showed that one group of people increased their fiber by supplements and the other group increased their fiber by fruits and vegetables. Both groups of people showed a decrease in the CRP in their blood.
Germany’s Federal Research Center for Nutrition did a study by increasing the servings of fruits and vegetables from two servings to eight servings a day. This lowered their CRP by 33 percent. Their research explains that the drop in CRP was due to the foods being rich in carotenoids which are responsible for the red, orange, yellow, and green colors of the plant leaves, fruits, and vegetables. The carotenoids are also antioxidants which protect the cells and tissues from damage.
If you don’t eat many vegetables, a great way to get a variety of colors is through the juice of organically grown beets, carrots, and barley grass called the Garden Trio. The vegetables and grass are juiced and dried to make a powder or pills for convenience. One serving is equal to 5 raw carrots, one half pound of beets, and 3 servings of green vegetables. It is a salad in a glass for a convenient way to get your daily servings of vegetables so your body can have the nutrients it needs to fight inflammation.
Amount of Fiber
Nutrition experts recommend that people eat between 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. A serving size is one medium piece of fruit or one half cup of chopped fruit or chopped vegetable. The American Dietetic Association recommends that people need 25-35 grams of fiber each day. Some people with certain health problems need more fiber than the recommended amount. Most medium sized fruits have 3-4 grams of fiber. One half cup of fruit has between 2-4 grams of fiber. One half cup of vegetables has between 2-6 grams of fiber. So you can see how it would take 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables to get the recommended amount of fiber each day. For people that don’t eat this many servings, or need extra fiber, I recommend several fiber supplements called Fit ‘n Fiber and/or Herbal Fiberblend. They both are a combination of water soluble fiber and insoluble fiber that is known to improve bowel function, help decreases cholesterol, decrease appetite, improve blood sugar, diverticulosis, and appendicitis.
If your CRP level is high or you are fighting different forms of infection, arthritis, or heart disease, it could prove beneficial to start eating a lot of fruit and vegetables that have fiber and carotenoids. A fiber supplement or juiced vegetables could be valuable to your health as well.