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How do vegetables help your brain?

If you are over age 65, you may want to get some greens to keep your brain healthy.

According to a new study by the Chicago Health and Aging Project, older adults who consume at least three servings of vegetables a day -- especially green, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach -- maintain their mental abilities 40 percent longer than those who eat less than one serving per day. The study of more than 3,700 men and women tracked mental function at three years and again at six years.

This study is not the first to link mental function with vegetable intake. The Nurses Health Study also found that women who consumed more green, leafy vegetables had a slower mental decline than women who consumed the least. These studies add to the many reasons to eat your veggies.

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