Eating Green Vegetables Can Help Prevent Dementia

Glen Mclaughlin
December 22, 2017

Tucking into some green vegetables or leafy salads may help slow brain ageing, according to a study.

"Fruits and vegetables are a key component of a nutritionally balanced diet, but figures suggest that many of us struggle to eat our five-a-day".

A salad a day may just keep your brain healthy and happy.

A daily helping of lettuce, spinach, kale, and other types of greens is associated with a slower rate of decline in memory and thinking skills compared to people who never or rarely eat these vegetables, researchers say.

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

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Researchers surveyed 960 people with an average age of 81 who had not been diagnosed with any form of dementia. The group which ate the most servings averaged 1.3 servings per day, while the group with the fewest servings ate on average 0.1 servings per day. This is one of the most feared aspects of aging, however, the study has stated that the condition can be staved off in some people if they incorporate a significant amount of green vegetables in their diet.

The new research was published today in the journal Neurology. The team followed up study participants on a yearly basis with cognitive tests.

'There continues to be sharp increases in the percentage of people with dementia as the oldest age groups continue to grow in number. This difference was equivalent to being 11 years younger in age.

However the results remained valid after the scientists accounted for other factors that are bad for brain health, such as smoking, obesity and how often they did physical and mental activities.

Intake of primary nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables is associated with slower cognitive decline, according to a study published online December 20 in Neurology.

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