Consumption of Green Leafy Vegetables May Slow Cognitive Decline

Daily serving of green, leafy vegetables may be linked to slower brain aging

They divided the volunteers into five groups based on how often they ate green, leafy vegetables including spinach, lettuce and kale.

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.

As many as 960 elderly people - 81 years of age on average - took part in the study, in which they were offered to fill in a questionnaire, indicating what they usually eat. "This study found eating food rich in vitamin K - like spinach, kale, asparagus and everyone's favourite, Brussels sprouts - appears to slow cognitive decline as people age".

New research suggests that eating one or two servings per day of green, leafy vegetables may slow down the memory and thinking decline associated with ageing. 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 team followed up study participants on a yearly basis with cognitive tests.

"As well as eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, research points to a number of other lifestyle factors that could help support brain health into old age".

'The researchers did not directly look at dementia, so we can not say that it would delay or prevent the onset of the condition.

The study was published today in the online issue of the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Those in the top serving group ate an average of about 1.3 servings per day, while those in the lowest serving group ate on average 0.1 servings per day.

Over a 10-year period the rate of decline for those who ate the most leafy greens was slower by 0.05 standardised units per year than the rate for those who ate the least leafy greens.

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