Study: Green veggies help slow cognitive decline in elderly

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Eating two or more green vegetables a day can take years off your age, a new study says.

Researchers found that older people who consumed two or more vegetables a day had a 35% to 40% decrease in their mental decline over six years. That is the equivalent of being five years younger, said lead author Martha Clare Morris of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She believes the high amounts of the antioxidant vitamin E in green, leafy vegetables could contribute to the memory boost.

Researchers at Rush assessed the frequency of vegetable intake among 3,718 study participants aged 65 or older. The greatest slowdown in cognitive decline occurred among the oldest people who ate at least two or more servings of these vegetables.

The study was published in Tuesday's issue of the journal Neurology.