Promoting Wellness for the Future as well as Vibrancy Today
Science has proven that there is one factor that contributes to how young we look and feel more than any other: oxidative stress.
If you’ve ever watched an apple turn brown after you bite into it, you’ve seen oxidative stress in action, and it’s the same process that’s constantly happening in our own bodies and major factor in how we age. There are many factors that cause oxidative stress, many of which are hard to avoid, such as pollutants and toxins, immune responses to everyday bacteria, and the chronic daily stressors of life. While oxidation is an essential process in the body, excessive oxidation is a significant chemical manifestation of biochemical stress and can have negative impacts on the structure and function of our bodies.
In this case, your mother was right. “Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you” is good advice at every stage of life – and even better advice for slowing or preventing age-related mental decline.
The Power of Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as kale, swiss chard and spinach are nutritional bargains as they are nutrient-dense and bring highly beneficial components to a healthy brain diet. Most are loaded with magnesium, which supports optimal biochemical reactions in the brain for proper functioning. A published study1 also credits spinach and swiss chard for keeping dementia at bay, according to Best Health Guide.