When it comes to eating healthy, you can’t really go wrong with fruit and veg. But just as some fruits are healthier than others, some vegetables have are more nutrient-dense and have more health benefits than others – namely, leafy greens.
Leafy greens – kale, spinach, rocket etc. – have been found not only to help reduce bloating, lower cholesterol and maintain healthy eyesight, but a new study has found they could also slow down brain ageing by up to 11 years.
Researchers from the Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago discovered that people who eat at least one serve of leafy greens each day experience slower rates of cognitive decline and memory loss.
They examined the diets of 960 people with an average age of 81, testing their thinking and memory skills every year for an average of 4.7 years along with how often they consumed a half-cup serving of either spinach, kale or collard greens or a one-cup serving of lettuce.