Pop­eye was right about spinach

Balonne Beacon - - HEALTHY LIVING -

EAT­ING plenty of spinach washed down with orange juice is said to help slash the risk of early mem­ory loss in men.

Those scoff­ing the leafy greens had a drop of up to 34 per cent, a study re­vealed.

Drink­ing orange juice too also pro­tected against “poor think­ing skills”, re­duc­ing risk by up to 49 per cent, a sur­vey of 28,000 men over 20 years, by US univer­sity Har­vard, found.

Lead re­searcher Dr Changzheng Yuan said: “Our stud­ies pro­vide fur­ther ev­i­dence di­etary choices can be im­por­tant to main­tain brain health.

“One of the most im­por­tant fac­tors in this study is that we were able to re­search and track such a large group of men over 20 years.”

Par­tic­i­pants ate vary­ing amounts of leafy greens such as spinach, or red and orange veg­eta­bles and fruit.

The best re­sults were for six daily serv­ings.

A serv­ing was half a cup of juice, two cups of leafy greens and one cup of raw veg­eta­bles or fruit.

While ve­g­ies boosted mem­ory power, men who ate the most fruit each day only had a small pro­tec­tive ef­fect.

The Sun

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

Drink­ing orange juice can pro­tect think­ing skills in men.

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