Think Young

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

No time for crossword puzzles? A B vi­ta­min could help keep you sharp. Dutch sci­en­tists found that folic acid may im­prove your mem­ory. The re­searchers say that peo­ple who got 800 mi­cro­grams (mcg) of folic acid ev­ery day for 3 years ex­hib­ited mem­o­ries that were 5 to 7 years younger than those who didn’t. A lack of folic acid may con­trib­ute to at­ro­phy of the hip­pocam­pus, a part of the brain that plays a ma­jor role in mem­ory, says study au­thor Jane Durga, Ph.D. To get your daily dose of folate, just toss a hand­ful of ten­der amaranth (chowli) or baby spinach into any rice, noo­dle or pasta dish. Stir fresh, raw leaves into cooked grains or noodles soon af­ter drain­ing the pot, and the heat wilts them for you. Ev­ery cup adds 15 per cent of your daily re­quire­ment of the folic acid. Other good sources of the B vi­ta­min are ben­gal gram, colo­ca­sia, clus­ter beans (guar), peanuts.

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