Memory loss is age-related. As we grow older, our brains suffer cognitive decline, and so we wonder why our brains no longer function and work as well as they used to. We tend to be more forgetful; may it be just a natural process that our brains have to go through, but most of the times we refuse to believe so, denying seems to be just our only consolation.
But it doesn’t choose, because it happens to all of us. Our brain functioning peaks around the of age 40, and then it downhills from there.
However, we should not be disheartened though, because there is hope shining brightly that may, in one way or another, help slow the decline. Well, say hello to the leafy greens which may just be present even in our own backyards.
According to a new research presented at the American Society of Nutrition Annual Conference, it has found that two servings of leafy green vegetables per day helps take about 11 years off the age off our brains.
The study — researchers followed more than 900 people with an average age of 81, for five years. Those people who ate two servings of vegetables high in vitamins every day performed significantly better on a range of cognitive tests than the non-veggie eaters did.
Certain vitamins were found to be of help in putting off age-related cognitive decline and other forms of dementia, and such were as follows: vitamin-k, lutein, folate, and beta-carotene—these vitamins naturally occur in leafy greens and in brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
In a statement, lead researcher Martha Clare Morris said, “with baby boomers approaching old age, there is a huge public demand for lifestyle behaviors that can ward off loss of memory and other cognitive abilities with age.” She added saying, “increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain.”
Therefore, if we cannot do anything to stop this dreaded age-related cognitive decline, why not try slowing it down instead, by eating two servings of leafy greens every single day.