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Leafy Greens Might Help Keep Your Brain Young

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Eating leafy green vegetables every day might keep your brain young. In a study, 960 middle-aged and older adults were asked how often they ate at least a half cup of cooked collard greens, spinach, kale, or other greens, and/or a full cup of lettuce. Over the next 4.7 years, scores on two or more tests of thinking and memory skills declined far more slowly for those who ate at least 1.3 servings of leafy greens daily. This translates to their brains being about 11 years younger than those who ate less than a tenth of a serving daily. The study doesn’t prove cause and effect, but its authors theorize that certain nutrients in the greens, including folate and lutein, may protect the brain.
Source: Neurology, published online Dec. 20, 2017

 

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