Spinach may be a nutritional powerhouse that feeds the body, and the mind. A new study finds adding more spinach and other leafy greens to your diet could slow down cognitive decline as you age.
Researchers followed more than 950 older adults for up to a decade. At the start, participants filled out detailed questionnaires about their daily food and beverage intake. Then, they underwent a battery of tests annually to assess cognitive abilities.
The researchers found that men and women who ate one to two servings of green leafy vegetables per day had the cognitive ability of a person 11 years younger than those who consumed none. They looked more closely at individual nutrients and found that vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta-carotene were most likely helping to preserve brain function.
The lead researcher says, “increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”
From MedLine Plus