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Go for Greens to Gain Brain Power

Go for Greens to Gain Brain Power

Not an avid vegetable eater? You may want to change that habit – your brain (and older self) will thank you. That amazing power of greens is highlighted in a study from Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

Researchers followed more than 950 older adults, -- with an average age 81 --for two to 10 years and discovered that folks who eat one to two daily servings of spinach, kale, mustard or collard greens have a cognitive ability that is 11 years younger than folks who skip those good-for-you leafy veggies. 

The researchers also found that in addition to the lutein, folate and beta-carotene in the greens, vitamin K was a key defender of brainpower. Clearly, whatever your age, it’s a good time to make sure your diet is rich in greens and other sources of these brain-loving nutrients, such as brightly colored fruits and vegetables.  Cooking up soups, side dishes, casseroles and salads that deliver the greens will keep you in top form for decades to come.

Medically reviewed in November 2018.

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