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Brain Coach Answers: Do I really have to eat my vegetables?

vegetablesShort answer … yes!

Now the longer answer …

“On measures of mental sharpness, older people who ate more than two servings of vegetables daily appeared about five years younger at the end of the six-year study than those who ate few or no vegetables.”

The Associated Press reported on this Chicago-based, 6-year study of healthy seniors aged 65 and older. Interestingly, the results showed green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards slowed age-related cognitive decline, while there was no apparent benefit from eating fruit – suggesting that the effect wasn’t due to merely a healthy diet, but instead something specific to the vegetables. Vitamin E and healthy fats that help you absorb antioxidants were given most of the credit, but exercise also correlated with better results.

The Four Pillars of Good Health:

  1. Physical Fitness
  2. Brain Fitness
  3. Good Nutrition
  4. Reduced Stress

Keep working on each pillar. They all take work and commitment, but if you stick to it, you can have a healthier life with more time to spend on the things you love rather than recuperating from illness.

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  1. Joao Silva says:

    I found a very interesting web page called “Cosmetic Neurology” .Take a look.

  2. Caroline says:

    Joao,

    I agree that “cosmetic neurology” is going to be a fascinating field to watch evolve. There are a lot of different ethical and personal liberty issues to weigh.

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