“Eat your vegetables and you’ll grow up big and strong!”
Many of us may have heard something similar while growing up; an encouraging call, a desperate plea, a threatening statement to get us to eat all our veggies before we’re allowed to leave the table. Well, it turns out there may be even more evidence that shows why greens are so good for us.
A recent New York Times article revealed that having salads, particularly leafy green vegetables, may be beneficial in slowing down mental deterioration.
The research, which was published in Neurology (the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology), showed a correlation between the amount of green vegetables consumed and an improvement in mental ability. Participants who had at least one to two servings a day scored better than those that didn’t due to the nutrients in green vegetables supposedly having an effect.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like there are any shortcuts with regard to how we ingest these nutrients. “The nutrients in food have many different forms and interactions,” explained research lead Martha Clare Morris, a professor of epidemiology at Rush University in Chicago. “A specific formulation put in a pill with the same effect? That’s wishful thinking.”
Vegetables are already chock-full of goodness, so any extra boost it can give us is really just a bonus. The bottom line is, looks like our mums were right all along.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer