Chicago: Among the known value adds of vegetables, this one really takes the carrot! New research on vegetables and aging has shown that eating vegetables is a sure shot way to keep the brain agile and young, which may even retrograde any signs of dementia related to old age.
A six year study involving 2000 men and women analyzed mental sharpness and found that older people who consumed more than two servings of vegetables were nearly five years younger as compared to those who consumed fewer vegetables. Among the vegetables, the green leafy ones, including spinach, collards and kale packed the most punch, attributed to their rich Vitamin E content.
Vegetables are known to contain higher levels of Vitamin E than fruits. According to lead author Martha Clare Morris, a researcher at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, vegetables are most often consumed with healthy fats such as salad oils, which equips the body with the power of absorption of Vitamin E and other antioxidants. The fats inherent in the healthy oils assist in keeping cholesterol low and arteries devoid of plaque, which in effect contributes in keeping the brain healthy.
Dr. Meir Stampfer of Harvard's School of Public Health said "This is a sound paper and contributes to our understanding of cognitive decline. The findings specific for vegetables and not fruit add further credibility that this is not simply a marker of a more healthful lifestyle."