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High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) is a widely accepted measure of bodily inflammation, which contributes to many chronic diseases. One proven way to reduce CRP is to increase dietary intake of beta-carotene, a phytonutrient found in certain fruits and dark green leafy vegetables.

In this study, we investigated whether my Low Inflammatory Foods Everyday (LIFE) Diet, which is rich in dark green leafy vegetables, effectively reduced bodily inflammation as represented by decreases in hsCRP levels.

Our results showed that forty-three patients in my community practice who were instructed to eat the LIFE diet over an average time period of six months had significant reductions in hsCRP and significant elevations in beta-carotene. Additionally, patients who were adherent to the LIFE diet had higher beta-carotene and lower hsCRP compared to patients who were nonadherent. Overall, our findings indicate that the LIFE Diet may reduce risk or severity of chronic diseases involving inflammation, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and many forms of cancer.

The study was published in the December 2019 issue of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. (Schultz, et al.)