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Vegetables (cup a day) keep memory failure away

Eating two to three servings of vegetables every day might help keep the mind sharp in old age, a new study suggests.

The study, published in Neurology, involved (according to USA Today) "3,718 Chicago residents ages 65 and older. Each senior filled out a diet questionnaire and took at least two memory tests during a six-year period.Test scores usually worsen slightly as time goes on, but seniors who said they ate 2.8 servings of vegetables a day saw their rate of cognitive change slowed by 40% during the study. A serving in the study was defined as a half-cup....The oldest people in this study, those at highest risk for Alzheimer's, showed the most memory protection when they reported eating a vegetable-laden diet....

?At the same time, the study found fruit consumption was not associated with a brain benefit. Other researchers have found fruit to be associated with protection, so experts still recommend fruit."

Le plus sa change ... nothing packs a nutritional punch like vegetables, scientists apparently confirm again and again.

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