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R.A.N Tip of The Week! One Serving of Greens Daily Slows Brain Aging by Over a Decade by Dr. Michael

Is memory loss and decreased brain power inevitable as we age? Many people in their 40s, 50s and beyond are told that it is and there is nothing that can be done about it. Is that true? Of course not.

Steps can be taken to not only stop memory loss, but also reverse it. Here is a simple step. New research from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that eating just one serving of leafy green vegetables a day takes a decade off an aging brain. Two servings produced even greater effects. 

If what Dr. Murray is stating is true, then I would like to ask why many nursing homes are not serving leafy green vegetables?  I have personally observed the lifeless, overcooked vegetables that has no nutrirional value be served with high in starch diet to the aging when visiting loved ones and friends. A report by the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform showed food service as one of the most common complaints from 1996 to 2005 (Administration on Aging, 2005). NHs are required to routinely assess residents' food complaints using the Minimum Data Set (MDS; Health Care Financing Administration, 1999). A study with 75 residents due an MDS assessment showed that 47% expressed stable complaints about some aspect of the NH food service in response to a structured interview.

According to Dr. Murray, there is considerable evidence that diets that are high in green leafy vegetables; highly-colored vegetables such as carrots, yams, and squash; and flavonoid-rich fruits like citrus, berries, and cherries are associated with prevention of age-related memory decline and Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, two large studies have shown that the consumption of green leafy vegetables, including spinach, kale, collards, and lettuce, had the strongest association with slowing down cognitive decline due to aging.

"It's all about being in a natural state of mind"

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