Dementia affects millions of people around the world
(LAUREN CLARK, DAILY EXPRESS) Scientists are getting closer to working out how to effectively slow – or even stop – the onset of dementia.
One area they are exploring is diet.
It is known that oily fish, such as salmon, is the ultimate ‘brain’ food, but it might be possible to add salad to that list.
Researchers have revealed that leafy, green vegetables, like spinach and kale, are linked to slower decline in memory and thinking.
The new study found that consuming one serving a day – such as a lunchtime salad – could help stave off cognitive decline.
Leafy green make your brain eleven years younger
Researchers looked at 960 people with an average age of 81, who have not previously been diagnosed with dementia.
Those who consumed the most leafy greens experienced a slower decline in thinking and memory compared to those who consumed the least.
The slower decline was the equivalent to being 11 years younger in age.
Vitamin K, which can be found in rich amounts in spinach, kale and asparagus, was highlighted as a nutrient that was particularly effective at slowing cognitive decline.
“Older people who ate one or two servings of vitamin K rich food per day performed better on memory tests than those who didn’t.
“In fact, their scores were similar to those of people 11 years younger, irrespective of other factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and education level.”
Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, suggested that eating enough vegetables of any type would probably be beneficial.
“As well as eating a healthy diet, research points to a number of other lifestyle factors that could help support brain health into old age.
“These include not smoking, staying mentally and physically active, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol in check and only drinking in moderation.” Read the full story at DAILY EXPRESS.