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Eating spinach once a day could halt mental decline by 11 years


Popeye may have eaten spinach to get his bulging muscles, but a new study has found that one portion of leafy greens a day could also be good for your brain.

Researchers at Rush University in Chicago discovered that adults who ate vegetables such as kale and spinach one or twice a day suffered considerably less cognitive decline than those who did not, regardless of other factors such as education, exercise and family medical history.

The findings were presented at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston. Researchers evaluated 950 people with an average age of 81 years, who participated in 19 different tests to assess their mental function.

On average, it was found that participants who ate greens once or twice a day halted their mental decline by 11 years.

Lead study author Martha Clare Morris said the brain benefits associated with dark leafy greens likely stemmed from key nutrients such as vitamin K.

"Since declining cognitive ability is central to Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain," she said.


By: Bill S
On: 04/09/2015 09:02:03
That's great news, I love spinach! Not too sure about kale though!
By: Margaret Chadwick
On: 04/10/2015 18:01:11
I don't think we're far off beating these dementia illnesses, and diet could well have a part to play in helping us get there. Thank you for this article.
By: Anna
On: 04/12/2015 22:58:35
Good news for me as I absolutely LOVE spinach. I have it almost every day. I love spinach salads, but also I use it where a lot of people use plain iceburg lettuccce or romaine, like on burgers and sandwiches. It's tastier and more nutritious. I'm not surprised it has health benefits
By: Rufus S.
On: 04/12/2015 23:25:01
Spinach is a nightshade and Im trying not to eat those so much anymore, since I have arthritis and heard that its not so good for you if you have arthritis. But I can eat kale. Actually, I don't think I am sure what kale is... I think it is the stuff that looks a lot like spinach but it is tougher leaves and different texture. I don't know. Not a vegetable expert. I'm sure I can find it in the grocery store though and will try it out since this old melon could use a boost! GRACE CUISINE: Hi Rufus, thanks for the comment. Please check out an earlier blog of ours with regards to nightshade foods and their relation to arthritis. There is evidence that spinach is an actual aide to ease arthritic pain. Some confusion seems to exist as to whether spinach and beets belong in the nightshade family. Spinach and beets are not a nightshade vegetable. They don't share pests and diseases with tomatoes, peppers, potatoes or eggplant, which are all nightshade vegetables. The Texas Agricultural Extension Service says they belong in the goosefoot family. However, as with all foods, they are a very individual thing and we recommend experimenting and seeing what works best for you. Thanks for reading our blogs and taking the time to comment. We appreciate it!
By: John
On: 04/12/2015 23:55:47
As one of the other commenters said, there have been some major advances in the treatment of elderly dementia, and I agree that this is one science is going to lick in the not too distant future. It's amazing how our understanding of the brain has grown. Till then though, I am thankful for articles like this, since anything that can possibly help needs to be shared. Having witnessed it first hand in a loved one, I can say it is a truly tragic illness, really breaks your heart, so I hope we find a cure and till then, everyone, eat your greens!
By: Mike
On: 04/14/2015 13:46:36
Spinach and kale are "green leafy" vegetables. I don't like those though. Does lettuce count? I like arugula and iceberg and romain and that kind of thing, especially on sandwiches. And I am ok with some other green vegetables, like brocoli if you soak it in enough butter or cheese. I guess Im not a vegetable man. But I will try because I take my health seriously. we could probably all do a bit better at eating vegetables for a lot of health reasons I bet.
By: Rufus S
On: 04/15/2015 05:58:02
Thanks Grace Cuisine. I will look for that article on your blog. I Really appreciate your advice and taking time to answer my question. I really like your blog. It's helpful and interesting. Take care. Rufus.

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