Are you fearing Alzheimer’s disease?
You are not alone. Many people have turned to fish oil or vitamin B12, so they are victim of dementia. But solution to keep your memory alive may be as simple as eating salad every day.
Nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris and her team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that people who ate one to two servings of leafy green vegetables each day experienced fewer memory problems and cognitive decline compared to people who rarely ate spinach. She states that veggie lovers who included about 1.3 servings a day into their diets had brains that were roughly 11 years younger compared to those who consumed the least amount of foods like spinach or kale.
The study included 960 people, all between 58 and 99 years old and all without dementia. Everyone enrolled in the study was part of the Memory and Aging Project, which has been ongoing since 1979 at the Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University. Scientists followed up with participants for 10 years and discovered that the rate of decline for those who ate the most was the equivalent to being 11 years younger in terms of brain age. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
According to Morris, it’s not just leafy greens that could potentially keep our memories alive, but the nutrients found in these vegetables that may be responsible for the brain boosting benefits.
As good as it sounds, it is to be noted that this study was observational, thus the data provide no concrete evidence of a causal relationship between spinach and brain health.
But you can’t go wrong by adding salad your daily eating routine. It may just help keep your memories activated while you are alive.