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Eating Green Vegetables Can Help Prevent Dementia

Eating Green Vegetables Can Help Prevent Dementia

The study team checked health records and cognitive function for 1,000 study participants.

"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".

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. Individuals eating one or two daily servings of vegetables like spinach, lettuce or kale, witnessed much slower cognitive decline.

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As per the findings of the study, eating about one serving of green and leafy vegetables per day is associated to a slower rate of brain aging.

Eating larger amounts of each of nutrients and bioactives including vitamin K, nitrate, folate, the antioxidants lutein and kaempferol, and alpha-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E, was associated with a slower decline in memory and thinking skills, the study found. The researchers concluded that vegetables made people eleven years younger than those who did not eat them. It's always a good idea to include them in your daily diet as they help in absorption of many other vital nutrients as well.

It was then found out that the group of participants who ate the most servings of green vegetables every day had a slowed cognitive decline than those people who ate fewer leafy greens, according to the researchers.

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'There continues to be sharp increases in the percentage of people with dementia as the oldest age groups continue to grow in number.

'The researchers did not directly look at dementia, so we can not say that it would delay or prevent the onset of the condition. Whereas, the ones who were in the lowest serving group ate on average 0.1 servings per day.

Dr Martha Morris, of Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, led the study published in the journal Neurology.

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