Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Eat vegetables and stay smart

This is old news for nutritionists, vegans and others who have been saying the same thing for years, but yet another "report" is in the news this morning that validates the connection between brain health and a well-balanced diet.

Compared to people who consumed less than one serving of vegetables a day, people who ate at least 2.8 servings of vegetables a day saw their rate of cognitive change slow by roughly 40 per cent," study author Martha Clare Morris of Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago said.

"This decrease is equivalent to about five years of younger age."

Researchers followed the eating habits of 3718 senior citizens over a six-year period and found that consumption especially of green leafy vegetables were linked to a slowing of cognitive decline.

The study looked specifically at a population of "seniors."

Fruit consumption didn't have the same benefit, but my observation is that without fruit in the diet, all the brain health in the world won't do much for constipation.

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