My memory is failing. I’ve thought about trying Ginkgo Biloba, but I keep forgetting to buy it. Pa dum pum!
So, when does losing your mind actually begin? Is it the day you drive up to your local ATM and realize for the first time in 20 years you can’t remember your pin number? Maybe it begins the 4th or 5th time you lock your keys in your car, or drive away with your briefcase on the roof. Perhaps, you officially lose it when you keep missing your exit on the way home or try to make coffee with orange juice. (Yes, I’ve done all these things).
Well, rest easy. The reason for your early onset senility may not purely be due to your advancing years. It may, in fact, have more to do with your mother. (If only you’d listened to her and eaten more of your vegetables!). Ok mom, we’re just kidding, but according to Martha Clare Morris, ScD and her colleagues at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center ( Rush Center for Aging), eating two or more servings of vegetables a day may slow a person’s mental decline by about 40% compared with a person who consumes few vegetables, according to a six-year study of nearly 4,000 Chicago residents age 65 or older.
People aged 65 and older who eat lots of vegetables have a slower slowdown in age-related mental function, researchers report in Neurology.
Green leafy vegetables including spinach, kale and collards appeared to be the most beneficial. The researchers said that may be because they contain healthy amounts of vitamin E., an antioxidant that is believed to help fight chemicals produced by the body that can damage cells.
So, why not begin now to add a delicious green salad to your eating plan every day. Get a head start on building up your brain cells – before you can’t remember where you put the salad bowl.