Vegetables Lower Risk of Dementia

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ALEXANDRIA, Va - August  27, 2012

New Report in Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging Finds Three Servings Daily Significant
Consuming at least three servings of vegetables each day can have a significant impact on the risk of dementia and the rate of cognitive decline, according to a new paper co-authored by Samueli Institute Senior Fellow Harald Walach, PhD. Published in Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging in July 2012, Walach’s paper reports on a systematic review of cohort studies with a total of 44,004 participants. 

In light of the increasing incidence of dementia, the research team set out to investigate if the public health advisories promoting five portions of fruit and vegetables each day were sufficient and significant. 

What the study found was eating at least three servings a day (200g or 7 oz.) of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, legumes and green leafy vegetables can have a significant impact in lowering the risk of dementia and the rate of cognitive decline. The research on fruits was not conclusive.

The report can be accessed here.

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