Eating more vegetables promotes sharper memory

Eating more vegetables promotes sharper memory

The secrets to healthful eating have remained the same for thousands of years: eat your fruits, vegetables, sleep enough, eat as many natural foods as possible, etc. The problem has been that we don’t find the directives interesting enough. As a result, we look for other answers we like, often more complicated alternatives. Fruits and vegetables are critical to a healthy life and there are more reasons why we should eat more of them.

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Doing so might lower your risk of memory loss, according to a study published online Nov. 21, 2018, by Neurology. The study looked at almost 28,000 men, average age 51, who filled out questionnaires every four years for 20 years about how many servings of fruits, vegetables, and other foods they ate each day. The participants also took tests of their thinking and memory skills at least four years before the end of the study, when the average age was 73.

The researchers found that men who consumed the most daily servings of vegetables and fruit (six or more servings) were less likely to develop poor thinking skills than the men who consumed the fewest (about two daily servings or less). A serving of fruit was defined as a cup of whole fruit or half a cup of fruit juice. A serving of vegetables was a cup of raw vegetables or two cups of leafy greens.

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The connection?

Scientists speculated that the antioxidants and bioactive substances — such as vitamins A, B, C, and E; carotenoids; flavonoids; and polyphenols — found in fruit and vegetables may reduce brain oxidative stress, which in effect may prevent age-related brain dysfunction like memory loss.

Real men eat their vegetables. The healthy life is green, mostly.

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