Vegetables – The Memory Solution

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Vegetables_reducedSeveral recent studies have shown that people who eat lots of veggies perform much better on memory tests. One study of older adults showed that the higher their vegetable consumption, the slower their rate of cognitive loss. This is not really breaking news, but what these follow-up studies have done is confirm the results of research done previously. The great thing was that less than 3 servings a day was able to slow their cognitive decline by over 40 percent! I wonder if those of us that regularly eat more than 3 servings per day have even better results?

There was one thing that bothered be a bit reading the news of these studies. Several times I saw a statement along the lines of “researchers who looked at fruit consumption found no corresponding benefit”. In other words veggies help, fruit does not. I did not see one person who questioned this statement. Here is the issue I have with that. Some of the items on the list of beneficials were tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and peppers. All of these we call vegetables, but they are really fruit. If there is one thing I think would make this research easier to digest, it would be to have a list of “vegetables” rated from best to least effective in terms of cognitive benefit. I did see one researcher quoted as saying the most benefit came from dark, leafy, greens. That makes sense.

One last thing was looked at in these studies. Researchers found that people who took large amounts of supplements, rather than increasing their vegetable consumption, showed no cognitive benefit. This confirms what other studies have shown. There are many phyto-compounds in vegetables in addition to the vitamins that benefit human health. There is virtually no research that does not show many different kinds of health benefits from eating a plant based diet. The results always show, the more the better. No matter what your current eating habits are, you will benefit from eating more plants.

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1 Mozi Esme's Mommy

Nice timing on this – when veggies are starting to come in full force at the farmers’ markets! I am so enjoying the fresh ones…

Though it’s hard to see that fruit wouldn’t have a similar benefit, as you’ve stated just looking at their misclassification of fruits…
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2 Steve

hi Will,
I think I’ve read something like this before, but I can’t remember… I guess I should eat more veggies. 🙂
Seriously though, I’ve always thought eating lots of veggies had to be good for you. I hope it helps with memory since I could use that help. And I’ve also always thought that popping a “supplement pill” wasn’t the same as actually eating healthy.
Great post! ~ Steve, the gardening trade show guru
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3 Will

Hey Steve I love the humor in your first line. Sort of like my own! Problem is that when I use that sense of humor, it often whistles right by many people and leaves me entertaining blank looks of wonder. Oh well, everyone can’t have the gift we have or it would not be a curse.. I mean gift.

By the way I eat mostly a vegetable based diet and lots of them. I still am not known for my great memory. Wonder what it would be like if I was a meat and potatoes guy?

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4 Tom Fiberblend

They sound like very general studies, did they not seperate the different vegetables or even different types. One of the problems with the lack of quality research about natural diets is that it is the drugs companies who usually fund trials and what drugs company want to fund a trial that will put them out of business.

I agree though – a plant based diet is the way forward and i welcome any studies to prove this further.
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5 Wilson Pon

Honestly, Will. We have nothing to lose, but gain a lot of vitamins and mineral resources, when we’re consuming the vegetables daily!

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6 Nursing Home Eastbourne

Wow thanks a lot for that post, I have problems with memory and my wife has even more of them.
Will read more on your blog, I find it every interesting.

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7 Will

I know Tom and for the researchers to also claim that fruit does not have the same benefit when many of the “vegetables” they say do help are actually fruit, shows a lack of attention to detail. Overall, though, they are saying what people need to hear more that they do now. A plant based diet has so many health benefits, everyone should sit up and take notice.

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8 Steve

hey Will,
A “gift” or a “curse”? LOL! Humor is sometimes a tough thing.
Anyway, my most successful plant so far this year is a gigantic zucchini plant (or should I say weed). I’m about to go outside to pick a zucchini to slice and put on the bbq with a little olive oil and lemon pepper. Yummm… I just hope it helps with my memory!
~ Steve, the forgetful trade show guru
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9 Will

Hey Steve – Zucchini is one of the “vegetables” that supposedly helps. I have a huge plant myself this year. Picked the first few and had them for dinner a few nights ago. Sliced in 1/2, painted them with an olive oil/Parmesan cheese paste and baked. Very tasty and the next morning I even remembered where I put my keys!

Tomorrow I pick the first tomato of the year. You in tropical S.B. probably have been eating those for a while?

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10 Steve

hi Will,
I had zucchini again today for lunch, but no tomatoes yet. I decided to go with seed this year instead of plants, so I’m a little behind. My dad (in Reno) emailed me a picture of his first red tomato yesterday. Made me a bit envious. And to hear you will pick one too. ARGHHHHHH!!!! 🙂 ~ Steve
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11 Kevin

Hi,

I studied nutrition in college and have kept it up now and I have been amazed at the power of whole natural organic foods. They have tremendous power to do some amazing healing in our lives if we apply the necessary changes we need to live a healthy lifestyle. One of those super foods are leafy greens and another are sprouts. Both are indeed ‘Super Foods.”
Thank yo for your article, I enjoyed it much.
Kevin
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12 Kevin

Hi,

I studied nutrition in college and have kept it up now and I have been amazed at the power of whole natural organic foods. They have tremendous power to do some amazing healing in our lives if we apply the necessary changes we need to live a healthy lifestyle. One of those super foods are leafy greens and another are sprouts. Both are indeed ‘Super Foods.”
Thank yo for your article, I enjoyed it much.
Kevin
.-= Kevin@Tomato Heirloom Seeds´s last blog ..Do Follow Blog, Commentluv, Keywordluv =-.

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13 Erick

Top athletes eat a ton of vegetables. Martina Navratalova, who was the world’s top female tennis player for years, eats at least a pound of carrots a day, usually blended in a juicer. I’m not sure what the long-term effects are, since they usually drop from the limelight before they age, but I’ve never heard of problems eating too many vegetables. Thanks for laying out the benefits of chowing on the colorful foods!

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14 Karleen Walkins

Very well said, eating more veggies are very good for the body because it generates our body very well in accordance of the nutrients what we need everyday. Veggies are good for the health!

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