Resources | Health News | Therapies | Fitness


Spinach and Broccoli Could Delay the Onset of Dementia


New research from Harvard Medical School reveals that middle-aged women who have a healthy amount of spinach and broccoli in their diet may retain more of their cognitive abilities as they enter their 70s.

The study is a part of the Nurses Health Study that has been following the diets and health status of 13,000 women since 1972. Researchers state that those women with the highest consumption of spinach and broccoli experienced less cognitive decline than other women.

These vegetables are both high in folate and antioxidants such as carotenoids and vitamin C, which researchers think play a role in the delay of the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. An estimated 4.5 million people currently have Alzheimer's disease, and researchers hope this information will help reduce the incidence of the disease in the future.

Research out of Johns Hopkins University has suggested broccoli can also help prevent cancer by inactivating carcinogenic substances and activating powerful antioxidant responses that protect cells. The researchers discovered that the vegetable also kills H. pylori bacteria, the cause of ulcers.

Source: Food Navigator, July 21, 2004; Consumer Reports on Health, July 2004

Provided by:

CalorieControl.org


Nutrition Information



last update: March 2006



This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this material to diagnose or treat a health condition or disease without consulting with your healthcare provider.
Privacy Policy  © 1998-2017 Personal Health Zone
Click above for Service Agreement and Contact Information. Accessing this service binds you to terms stated. Advertisements appear throughout this website as a means of funding the site. This site is updated monthly and operates independently of any health associations or organizations. The owner of this site has no medical training and the information presented comes from government resources and health professionals in their respected fields.

Home Page: Personal Health Zone
HONcode accreditation seal. We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.