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Dec 22nd, 2017 at 6:46pm
 
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-leafy-vegetables-brain-20171...



Look into your salad bowl and think: If a fountain of cognitive youth were flowing in there, would you return every day?

In research that gives new meaning to the expression “salad days,” a study published Wednesday finds that older people who ate at least one serving of leafy greens a day had a slower rate of decline on tests of memory and thinking skills than did people who rarely or never ate these vegetables.

The study was published in the journal Neurology.

After almost five years, regular consumers of such veggies as kale, spinach, collard greens and lettuce enjoyed a mental edge that was the equivalent of 11 years in age.

To be sure, the top tier of leafy-vegetable consumers started with cognitive scores that were slightly higher than those in the bottom tier. That’s probably a testament to the power of lifelong eating patterns.

But over five years, the pattern of mental aging differed markedly in these two groups. Study participants who ate an average of roughly 1.3 servings of leafy greens a day experienced a decline in test performance that was about half as steep as that of participants whose daily consumption was near-zero.

Those stark differences were evident even after the researchers took account of a host of factors that are known to affect mental aging, including age, gender, education, exercise, participation in cognitive activities, smoking and consumption of seafood and alcohol.

Let’s say you and your neighbor are both 75 and similar in most every way: You both completed the same amount of school, take regular walks together, don’t smoke, and gather with friends over an occasional beer.

But while you enjoy a little more than a bowl of greens every day, your pal barely touches the stuff.

This long-running study would predict that at 75, your memory and thinking skills are a notch stronger than your neighbor’s. Over the next five years, hers will decline twice as fast as yours.

By the time you’re both 80, a battery of exercises that test several types of memory, as well as the speed and flexibility of your thinking, may show that your mental age is typical of a 75-year-old’s. Meanwhile, your neighbor’s performance on the same cognitive tests may look more like that of an 86-year-old.

“It’s almost unbelievable,” said Martha Morris, the senior author of the study who studies nutrition and brain health at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “Eating these leafy greens was independently associated with slower cognitive decline. That tells you this single food group contains so many nutrients it could be brain-protective.”

Morris and her colleagues identified a small cluster of specific nutrients that appear to offer anti-aging benefits. The leafy greens that participants were asked about are generally rich in vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin K1, lutein and beta-carotene. While inconsistent, research has suggested that some or all of these nutrients may play some role in protecting the brain against inflammation, the accumulation of toxic proteins such as beta-amyloid, and neuronal damage and death.

For lifelong avoiders of leafy greens, the study doesn’t show that a late-life conversion to kale salads and spinach shakes will keep dementia at bay. But Morris said she thinks about nutrition the same way she thinks about exercise.

“You do get immediate benefits from eating healthy foods and exercising,” she said. ”And you get long-term benefits.”

Dr. Lon Schneider, a specialist in dementia at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, says the new study offers important insights into which nutrients in the Mediterranean diet help support health in aging. But it also underscores the complexity of dementia and cognitive aging — and the absence of a “silver bullet” to counter them.

“Dementia is a complex illness, as so many chronic illnesses are,” Schneider said. “It’s clearly not caused by one thing, and surely its onset and severity are not caused by one thing. This shows the environment is really important. Diet matters.”

I grow veg for a living now, forever sampling the lettuce in the field

I hope its right that they protect your brain.
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Reply #1 - Dec 22nd, 2017 at 7:42pm
 
thats very interesting    what is happening today   we over till the soil and we over use it.. it isnt a matter of switching crops   it should be left for about 5 years to regain all the minerals that are leached out with each harvest

what are collard greens btw mike??...

but yes its the minerals  that we miss out on ....as well...

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Reply #2 - Dec 22nd, 2017 at 8:01pm
 
Had some lettuce yesterday, and some silverbeet today, eat them everyday until supplies run out
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Reply #3 - Dec 27th, 2017 at 1:08pm
 
thats very interesting    what is happening today   we over till the soil and we over use it.. it isnt a matter of switching crops   it should be left for about 5 years to regain all the minerals that are leached out with each harvest

Australian soils are ancient, I dont know of any australian soils that  liberate more minerals over time.

We have to add just about everything.

Nitrogen can build up from legume crops thats all.
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Reply #4 - Jan 1st, 2018 at 1:58pm
 
miketrees wrote on Dec 27th, 2017 at 1:08pm:
thats very interesting    what is happening today   we over till the soil and we over use it.. it isnt a matter of switching crops   it should be left for about 5 years to regain all the minerals that are leached out with each harvest

Australian soils are ancient, I dont know of any australian soils that  liberate more minerals over time.

We have to add just about everything.

Nitrogen can build up from legume crops thats all.



I met someone years ago that studied  soil  and how much was leached out with every crop.....he reckoned  only use that soil every 5 years .. not to even turn it...

which wont happen of course....

I have gone mad for spinach....I want it with everything.. am I lacking in something mike????.. Smiley Smiley
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Probably should ask a quack, however Spinach is meant to have a lot of iron.
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