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Veggies Boost Brain Power in Old Age

Posted Oct 25, 2006

A study by Chicago researchers offers one more reason to eat more vegetables: a sharp mind in old age.

The findings by Rush University Medical Center researchers suggest a diet that includes two to three 1/2-cup servings of vegetables might boost the memory and protect against Alzheimer's disease, USA Today said. Researchers said leafy, green vegetables packed the most punch.

Researchers studied 3,718 Chicago residents age 65 and older, USA Today said. Each completed a questionnaire and participated in at least two memory tests during a 6-month period.

Although test scores tended to drop slightly over time, researchers said seniors who ate 2.8 servings of vegetables daily experienced a rate of change that was slowed by 40 percent. Researchers said those who reported eating more vegetables "could think faster and had better memories," USA Today said.

The study showed increased vegetable intake improved memory protection for participants at highest risk for Alzheimer's, USA Today said.

Eating lots of fruit, this study found, was not associated with benefits similar to eating a vegetable-rich diet. Other research said fruit did provide similar benefit, so it is still recommended.

URL: www.upi.com

Date: Oct 24, 2006

Copyright 2006 by United Press International
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