A single serving of leafy green vegetables each day may help keep dementia away, new research suggests.
Researchers evaluated the eating habits and mental ability of more than 950 older adults for an average of five years. Those who consumed one or two servings of foods such as spinach, kale, mustard greens and/or collards daily experienced slower mental deterioration than those who ate no leafy greens at all, the study found.
Study lead author Martha Clare Morris of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said that the brain benefits associated with dark leafy greens likely stem from several key nutrients, particularly vitamin K.
The team determined that those who routinely consumed one or two servings of leafy greens every day demonstrated the mental capacity of someone more than a decade younger, compared with those who never ate leafy greens.
Source: Medical Xpress