In a recent study, it was found that people who consumed one to two servings of Vitamin-K rich food everyday had better memory in old age than those who didn’t and it could even prevent dementia. Yet another reason to eat leafy green veggies and salad.
A research was conducted on 960 people with an average age of 81 and all the participants were tracked down for about five years. The difference between those who ate greens and those didn’t was stunning! Elderly people who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11 years younger than those who never or rarely ate the vegetables. Furthermore, those who ate about 1.3 servings of leafy green each day performed the best in memory and intelligence tests. So yes, incorporate green veggies like spinach, kale, collard, cabbage or sprouts in daily diet so that you don’t forget every other thing when you get old.
Interestingly, these results were consistent even after considering factors like smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, education level and mental and physical exercise. This means people sticking with greens will reduce the chances of memory loss and dementia, regardless of other health issues. Since a Mediterranean diet is well balanced and filled with plant based food, nuts and lean meats, it is possibly the best diet to adapt to, for a healthy lifestyle. Green food is already famed for its health benefits and this new research is just an addition to the series of goodness.
Just so you know, it doesn’t have to be raw greens and just salads. One can consume cooked leafy green veggies regularly and they are equally good too. A serving equalled about 100g of cooked spinach, kale or collard greens such as cabbage or sprouts, or about 200g of lettuce salad. These foods are healthy for heart, body and brain too, so go ahead and do something for your body and not just for the tiny tongue. Go green, eat green.