? Get Your Green On!
If you could reduce or even reverse cognitive loss with a very simple change in your life, would you do it?
This key element is exactly what 960 people did in a five-year study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study tracked their consumption of dark leafy greens, in addition to other factors, and found that those who ate the greatest amount of greens had brains that were eleven years younger than those who ate the least amount! Pretty stunning – an entire decade.
Other studies have demonstrated how important “eating the rainbow” is, as the most colorful fruits and veggies are the ones with the deepest wealth of phytonutrients, those disease-fighting and health-boosting substances. But the greens stand out in every study as the superstars.
Even one serving per day, a cup and a half, cooked or raw, demonstrated a slowing down of age-related cognitive decline. The greater the consumption, the greater the advantage in youthful brain function! And the darker the green the better – more green = more nutrients! There are so many to choose from: romaine lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, chard and collards, and so many ways to enjoy them.
Our aging population states that their greatest fear of growing old is Alzheimers and dementia. Many folks think it is inevitable, especially if it is in their family. IT IS NOT INEVITABLE! There are many ways that we can slow, prevent and even reverse memory loss, this is one of the easiest and most potent!
Some simple tips:
- Add a handful of chopped greens to any soup, it’s a great addition!
- Eating out? Order a side of something green instead of fries – a double win!
- Pick up ready-made salads at Trader Joe’s or any grocery store – just be sure they have real green in them.
- Or hit the salad bar and start with the dark leafy greens! Learn to love them – they truly are satisfying, delicious and so very rewarding to our brain health!
AND! Added benefit! Studies have also shown these powerhouse botanic wonders are linked to reductions of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
So Get Your Green On!