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Vegetables May Help You Live Longer

ATLANTA -- A new study proves what your mom always told you -- eating fruits and veggies may help you live longer.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people with the highest levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene in their blood had a 39 percent lower risk of death from any cause than those with the lowest levels.

Alpha-carotene is found in yellow-orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin and dark green veggies like broccoli, peas, spinach and other leafy greens. Researchers say the antioxidant is similar to the more widely known beta-carotene, but it may be more effective at protecting cells in the brain, liver and skin.

The CDC's 14-year study found the protective effect of alpha-carotene increased as blood levels of the antioxidant increased.