Vitamin E-rich vegetables could slow cognitive decline

Eating about three portions of green leafy, yellow and cruciferous vegetables every day could slow loss of mental function as we age by 40 per cent, suggests a new study. «Compared to people who consumed less than one serving of vegetables a day, people who ate at least 2.8 servings of vegetables a day saw their rate of cognitive change slow by roughly 40 percent,» said study author Martha Clare Morris, ScD, with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. «This decrease is equivalent to about five years of younger age,? she said. Cognitive performance declines naturally with age, but the results of Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) suggests that consuming a diet rich in vegetables, particularly the green leafy type, could slow this decline by about 40 per cent. «This was unanticipated and raises several questions,» said Morris. «It may be due to vegetables containing high amounts of vitamin E, which helps lower the risk of cognitive decline. ?Vegetables, but not fruits, are also typically consumed with added fats such as salad dressings, and fats increase the absorption of vitamin E. Still, further study is required to understand why fruit is not associated with cognitive change,? she said.
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