Chicago: New research
on vegetables and aging gives mother another reason to say, "I
told you so." It found that eating vegetables appears to help
keep brain young and may slow the mental decline sometimes associated
On measures of mental sharpness, older people who
ate more than two serving of vegetables daily appeared about five
year younger at the end of the six-yea study than those who ate
few or no vegetable. The study on almost 2,000 men & women of
Chicago doesn’t prove that vegetable decline, but adds to
mounting evidence pointing in that direction. The findings also
echo previous studies women green leafy vegetable, including spinach,
kale & collards, appeared to be the most beneficial.
The researcher said that may be because they contain
healthy amount of vitamin E, an antioxidant that is believed to
help fight chemical produced by the body that can damage cells.
Vegetables generally contain more vitamin E than
fruits, which the study did not link with slowed mental decline.
Vegetables also are often eaten with healthy fats such as salad,
which helps the body absorb vitamin E & other antioxidant. Said
lead author Martha Clare Morris, a researcher at the institute for
healthy ageing at Chicago’s rush university medical center
the fats forms healthy oils can help keep cholesterol low and arteries
clear, both of which contribute to brain health. The study was published
in this week’s issue of journal neurology and funded with
grant from the national institute on ageing “ this is a sound
paper and contributes to our understanding of cognitive decline,”
said DR meir stampfer of Harvard’s school of public health.
“The finding specific for vegetables, and
fruits add further credibility that this is not simply a maker of
a more healthy lifestyle,” said stampfer who was not involved
in the research.
The research involved 1946 people aged 65 and above
who filled out questionnaires about their eating habits A vegetable
serving equaled about a half chopped or one cup if it was raw, leafy
The volunteers also had a mental function test three times over
the six year; about 60% of the subjects were black .the test included
measures of short-term and delayed memory which asked the older
people to recall elements of a story that had just been read to