Leafy green vegetables linked to slower decline in memory and thinking skills

Leafy green vegetables linked to slower decline in memory and thinking skills

However, signs of ageing of the brain manifested themselves to a lesser degree with those who ate a lot of green vegetables every day. Leafy vegetables like spinach and kale may prevent cognitive decline.

According to the findings of a recent study, consuming green, leafy vegetables just might make your mind 11 years younger and reduce the chances of developing dementia.

Eating one serving a day of leafy salad veg can help preserve memory and cognitive skills, a new study has found.

Those who performed the best in memory and intelligence tests ate an average of about 1.3 servings per day.

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Study author and nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris stated that strategies to combat dementia are "critically needed" due to the increasing number of cases occurring.

The study was published today in the online issue of the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Over 10 years of follow-up, the rate of decline for those who ate the most leafy greens was slower by 0.05 standardized units per year than the rate for those who ate the least leafy greens. The volunteers were also asked to take annual tests for cognitive abilities of the brain (attention, memory, thinking).

The scientists said this was equivalent to being 11 years younger in age.

Green vegetables are loaded with powerful antioxidants that provide numerous benefits to all parts of the body, including brain function and mental agility into older age. As well as helping to support our overall physical health, this research adds to evidence of a link between a diet rich in vegetables and a healthy brain.

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