All of us have heard the benefits of leafy green vegetables in one way or the other. This time some researchers have come back with new research validations that these vegies can prevent Dementia.
For the study, researchers from Rush Nottingham University (Martha Morris, Yamin Wang, Lisa Barnes, and David Bennett) and Tufts University (Bess Dawson and Sarah Booth) analyzed whether the consumption of leafy green vegetables was any way associated with less decline in cognitive function, in other words, the brain’s ability to think over time.
They administered questionnaires to around 960 adults between the ages of 58 and 99, asking them different questions like how often they ate different types of food.
They have asked some other questions as well that helped in assessing the cognitive function of each subject on at least two separate intervals. Analysis of the data found that adults who were having 20% of leafy green vegetables tended to have slower cognitive decline. In the words of the researchers, it was “the equivalent of being 11 years younger than the actual age.”
The association was found to be the strongest for veggies rich in phylloquinone, folate, a-tocopherol, nitrate, and kaempferol.
Still, there are a lot of researchers around the world who are not agreeing with this research and have their own different opinions.
Does this simply mean that to prevent dementia you should have the diet full of green vegetables?
Well, it would not be justifiable to “rush” to conclusions based on this study. Remember the mantra that associations and correlations do not give cause-and-effect in a practical way.
There were a lot of researches done earlier that came up with their conclusion, but it was quite difficult to believe any one of them, because these kinds of researches are mostly based on the surveys instead of any scientific data. This result is yet to be accepted by international health forums. Once the conclusion of this research is accepted, then we are good to go and follow the green leafy diet to keep ourselves away from dementia.