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.


  1. Joao Silva on May 13, 2007 at 2:25

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

  2. Caroline on May 16, 2007 at 3:09


    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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