- Published: Monday, 22 January 2018 17:05
When it comes to brain health, diet and exercise are two of the most important ways to improve what you have to work with. In terms of diet, go green. Adding leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and collard greens have been a few of the most widely suggested foods for brain health. According to recent research at a Chicago university, certain nutrients including Vitamin K, folate and lutein show the most brain boosting and anti-aging effects. However, getting these nutrients in food form is always the most beneficial. Eating real foods provides a good balance of nutrients that can’t be had in pill form. Many leafy greens are best absorbed with a quality fat such as salad dressing.
A total of 960 adults ranging in age from 58-99 answered questions about their lifestyle along with memory and mental skills tests. Those people who ate the most leafy greens, equal to one serving everyday, showed a much slower mental decline versus their peers who rarely ate any greens. This resulted in 11 years of aging for those who did not partake in the green stuff. This doesn’t mean that you have to eat green grass or veggies straight from the garden. Many greens such as kale or spinach provide more vitamin E if they are cooked. Either way, the point is to consume at least 1 cup of green vegetables everyday. This will not only boost brain health, it will keep you regular and your heart will thank you as well. If you have a hard time getting in the daily dose of green vitamins you need, try to add a quality transdermal skin patch that provides your body with Vitamin K, D and all of the vital antioxidants that makes your body run on all cylinders. Throw in 30 minutes of exercise daily and you will be on your way to a happy and healthy new year!