A study done by researchers at Rush University in Chicago, presented at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Annual Meeting, found that two portions of leafy greens per day can significantly help protect brain health and reduce the risk of dementia. The researchers followed the diets and cognitive abilities of more than 950 older adults with an average age of 81 from the Memory and Aging Project for between two and 10 years. Those individuals who ate one to two servings of greens per day not only saw a significant decrease in the rate of cognitive decline, but had the cognitive ability of a person 11 years younger than those who consumed none.
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- Morris MC, Booth SL, Dawson-Hughes B, Barnes LL, Bennett DA, Wang Y. Relations to cognitive change with age of micronutrients found in green leafy vegetables. Report presented at: American Society for Nutrition annual meeting; March 28-April 1, 2015: Boston, MA.