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Consumer Reports: Leafy greens slow memory loss

There is new evidence suggesting that a salad a day, may keep memory loss at bay. (Image credit: Consumer Reports)

Most of us are familiar with the old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. Now, there is new evidence suggesting that a salad a day may keep memory loss at bay. The health team at Consumer Reports explains why you may want to spend a little more time in the produce section.

A new study shows eating leafy green vegetables every day may help preserve memory and thinking skills as you grow older. Dark leafy greens are packed with nutrients, like folate, vitamin K and antioxidants - and these all play a role in brain health. The journal Neurology published the study, which found people who ate leafy greens had brains that functioned as well as people 11 years younger, compared to those who ate little or none. Eleven years is significant, and what this study does is it adds to a growing body of scientific evidence that we can make real changes in our risks for dementia by altering our diets.

You don't have to eat bowl after bowl, either. The brain benefits were seen among people who ate roughly one and a third cups of raw greens a day or about a half cup of cooked dark, leafy greens. As the population ages, the number of people with dementia increases. So, it's critically important to find effective strategies to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Working greens into at least one meal a day could be a simple way to help promote brain health.

Consumer Reports says several studies support the link between diet and cognitive function, including a host of foods that may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Foods such as nuts, berries, beans, olive oil and even a daily glass of wine are all on the menu.

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