Reports state that the participants also underwent yearly testing of their cognitive function and memory.
"The study results do not prove that eating green, leafy vegetables slows brain aging, but it does show an association", she said, adding that the study "cannot rule out other possible reasons for the link". Individuals eating one or two daily servings of vegetables like spinach, lettuce or kale, witnessed much slower cognitive decline. However, signs of ageing of the brain manifested themselves to a lesser degree with those who ate a lot of green vegetables every day. Consumption of fresh fruits is better than drinking canned juice.
Researchers in the United States have found that eating approximately one serving per day of green, leafy, vegetables, was linked to slower decline in thinking ability.
The study team noticed that the impact of eating green vegetables was similar to being 11 years younger.
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After annual tests on their thinking and memory skills, the researchers split them into five groups based on how often they ate green, leafy vegetables. "There continues to be sharp increases in the percentage of people with dementia as the oldest age groups continue to grow in number".
According to the findings of a recent study, consuming green, leafy vegetables just might make your mind 11 years younger and reduce the chances of developing dementia.
Overall their performance on the thinking and memory tests declined over time at a rate of 0.08 standardised units per year.
The new research was published today in the journal Neurology. Those who consumed the most ate around 1.3 servings a day and those who consumed the fewest ate around 0.1 servings a day.