We have been told since we were kids to eat our fruits and vegetables, but do they truly have the ability to increase our life expectancy? At least with Ovarian Cancer, they have shown to have some evidence of increasing the number of survivors.


Every September heralds Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on how to treat and prevent the deadliest female reproductive cancer. Of the roughly 20,000 American women diagnosed annually with the disease, a tragic 55% don’t survive beyond five years. Recently, however, researchers uncovered encouraging evidence pointing to the profound power of fruits and vegetables to dramatically impact survival prospects.

A study from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at data from 351 ovarian cancer patients — comparing dietary patterns up to five years prior to diagnosis with length of survival time after diagnosis. The data garnered from food frequency questionnaires included everything from fruit and vegetables to meat and dairy to fats and sweets. The upshot: Women who ate the most fruit and vegetables before diagnosis were 39% more likely to enjoy an increase in life expectancy. Vegetables on their own, particularly yellow and cruciferous veggies, showed a similar benefit. Diets high in red meat, by contrast, made it twice as likely to cut down your survival time.

Previous research has singled out particular fruit and vegetables as especially beneficial in increasing life expectancy. Cabbage, for example, contains compounds demonstrated to lower the risk of ovarian and other estrogen related cancers. Pumpkin is a top source of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, two carotenoids that help combat ovarian cancer. Additionally, higher intakes of vitamin D were found to yield a 30% reduced risk of ovarian cancer; whole-food sources include Dole Portobello mushrooms, canned salmon and sardines. Overall, fruit and vegetables help keep weight under control, providing additional protection, as excess pounds negatively affect both the risk and life expectancy of hormonal cancers.

The issue here is that our fruits and vegetables no longer contain any where near what they used to 25 years ago. The fact of the matter is that our “food pyramid” said to ingest 3 servings of fruits and vegetables 25 years ago. Now it is up to 10! It is not because our bodies need more these days as we are the same human bodies we were 25 years ago, but simply that the foods no longer contain the amounts of nutrients because of soil depletion.

Therefore, we need to supplement our nutrient intake with products that are proven to contain these items. Life Force International has been creating quality whole food supplements for 25 years. One of the best fruit and vegetable supplements, TrueGreens is a healthful combination of grasses, grains, fruits, vegetables, probiotics, enzymes, noni, and other organic and natural source ingredients, totaling 30 in all, it’s a salad bar in a jar. This would be an easy way to supplement those fruits and vegetables that you are not getting. Secondly, Life Force’s OsteOmegaCare and OsteoProCare are not only great sources of Calcium, Chondrotin (OsteoProCare), Glucosamine (OsteoProCare), Omega 3-6-9 (OsteOmegaCare), and Magnesium, but also provides the daily intake of Vitamin D.

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Increase life expectancy with fruits and vegetables.