BRAIN HEALTH | 2.8.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.
Spinach is not only good for building strong muscles; it has cognitive benefits as well.
According to a 2015 longitudinal study from Rush University in Chicago, just one daily serving of green, leafy vegetables can significantly preserve brain function. Specifically, older adults who reported consuming one or two servings of greens each day had cognitive abilities equivalent to 11 years younger than their actual age. Age-matched controls who did not eat leafy greens did not demonstrate the same slowing of cognitive decline.
The brain-health benefits of spinach are likely due to its high levels of vitamin K, B vitamins, folate, and L-tyrosine, which slow cognitive decline, support memory, reduce inflammation, and increase mental focus, respectively.L
The body- and brain- health benefits of spinach are clear, so make a spinach salad, add a handful to a smoothie, or sauté some!