You already know that eating your vegetables is important for packing enough essential nutrients including fibre, protein and iron into your diet. But we bet you didn't knowing that eating your greens can also reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Don't believe it? A recent study published in the journal Neurology found that eating one to two cups of leafy green veggies per day boosts your memory and overall cognitive ability. If you often leave the dinner table without eating your greens, this one's for you!
Study shows that eating your greens can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
The study was led by Martha Clare Morris, ScD, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center in the United States. Morris and her team looked at 960 people between ages 58 and 99. They followed these people for an average of 4.7 years.
Each person completed a questionnaire of how often they ate leafy greens like salad, spinach, kale and collards. It turned out that those who consumed the most greens ate around 1.3 servings a day, while those who consumed the fewest ate around 0.1 servings a day.
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Morris and her team followed up with each person for 10 years and concluded that those who ate the most salads were “the equivalent of being 11 years younger in age”. It goes without saying that a younger brain means a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
However, the study didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship between leafy greens and Alzheimer’s disease
While the study was observational, it didn’t find anything concrete about how eating your greens affects your brain health. It also doesn’t extend to younger, non-white or Hispanic people.
That aside, Morris concluded that consuming leafy greens on a daily basis may be a simple and effective way to protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
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