A salad a day keeps brain ageing decline away
Make green, leafy vegetables a part of your daily diet to beat back ageing in the brain, says a new study. It may even allow our minds to act a decade younger.
The study suggests one serving of cooked spinach, kale, or raw lettuce to our daily diet could improve the brain.
The study looked into the diets and brain activity of nearly 1,000 people with an average age of 81 years. Each participant was tracked for an average of nearly five years. Each year, participants filled out a questionnaire about how many servings of leafy greens they ate daily. It also involved thinking and memory skill tests.
A serving equaled a half cup of cooked spinach, a half cup of cooked kale/greens or a cup of raw lettuce.
While all saw their memory and thinking decline, the group that ate the most leafy greens, which is about 1.3 servings each day, saw a slower rate of brain decline than those who ate the least leafy greens per day, about 0.1 servings.
The difference between the two groups, the study said, was the same as being 11 years younger in age.
However, the study cautions it only shows a link between eating leafy greens and brain activity and does not prove that eating such vegetables slows brain decline.