Vegetables effective in slowing cognitive decline

According to a recent study, diets that are composed of many vegetables have proved effective in slowing cognitive decline in old age.

The study was conducted by researchers at Rush University in Chicago for five years and the results showed that diets containing fresh leaves of lettuce, berries, beans or grains have the potential to contribute in the fight against cognitive decline in third age people. 960 volunteers participated in the mentioned study and the results showed a slower cognitive decline in people who have chosen this diet.

The researchers concluded that older people who kept a diet called MIND - Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, rich in vegetables, were found to be 7.5 years younger in terms of cognitive and brain aging compared to people who have not complied with this diet strictly. Another study by the same team showed that MIND diet can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.

The diet has 15 stages that consist of at least three servings of whole grains, a salad and a vegetable every day. Fish should be eaten once a week, and beans and poultry at least twice a week. The only fruits allowed are forest fruits.  

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